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On the anniversary of the terrorist attack on 22/7 2011, Sindre Bangstad has written a summary of the trial and the public discussion attached to it. – This much is clear, he writes: the now thirty-three year old Anders Behring Breivik has already lost the battle to shape the future of multicultural Norway. And we will say this again and again: history does not – and never will - absolve anyone for human evil of the kind perpetrated against innocent children, women and men in Norway.
I siste nummer av American Anthropologist fokuserer Sindre Bangstad på intern norske meningsdannelse før og etter terroraksjonen den 22.07.2011. Et sammendrag av artikkelen kan lastes ned her
In his review article Sindre Bangstad refers to Jeremy Waldrons defense of the regulation of hate speech positions itself within a liberal framework concerned with the balancing of individual rights.
-With The Harm in Hate Speech, Prof. Jeremy Waldron (New York University School of Law and All Souls College, Oxford) has simply written the most balanced, moderate and eloquent defense of laws restricting hate speech to date. Whether politicians, legislators and academics will be prepared to engage honestly and reflectively with his arguments remain to be seen.
The key focus for Susanne Brandtstädter, Peter Wade and Kath Woodward is the conjuncture in which culture – claims of a collective distinction concerning heritage, location, moralities and values – has become the terrain of political struggles over the subject of rights in national and international politics, the re-allocation of entitlements, definitions of value, and new forms of political representation.
Signe Howell is arguing that the Chewong’s understanding of causality in human existence has no conceptual room for luck or fortune. Metaphysically derived knowledge is applied in daily and ritual practice, ensuring a life that, ideally, is prosperous and devoid of unwanted or dangerous events. In egalitarian Chewong society, every person is responsible for the correct application of this knowledge for the benefit of oneself and others. The premise for well-being is dependent upon the relationship between every individual Chewong man and woman and the numerous conscious beings that populate their environment. Sociality can be understood only from this perspective.
In his article Knut Christian Myhre explores social anthropology’s relationship to, and conception of, language, and uses kinship as an example to show how the discipline presumes and entails a digital conception of social relations, which leaves little room for language as a constitutive phenomenon.
Susanne Brandtstädter argues that, where the realities of market liberalisation and governing through law are experienced as corruption, feudal superstition recreates the conditions to realise liberated peasant subjects: a participatory local public sphere, political visibility, investments in the public good, and a new collective property.
Sindre Bangstad gives us an overview of the history of the concept of Islamophobia together with discussisng Chris Allen article.
Bangstad points out that in recent years, new academic titles on Islamophobia in the form of monographs, reportsand journal articles have been piling up on his office desk. The term has been used by nolesser figures than the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, by various UN and Eagencies, as well as the essential magazine for liberal free-marketers and thinkers, TheEconomist
In this article Jon Henrik Remme contribute to an understanding of interreligious encounters that underlines the processes of separation. By an analysis of the meaning-generating processes that were found to be operative in a burial ritual, observed among the Ifugao of northern Luzon, the Philippines.
Marit Melhuus has written a new book about the Norwegian Biotechnology Act. The act is one of the most restrictive in Europe, forbids egg donation and surrogacy and limits people’s choice as to how they can procreate within the boundaries of the nation state. The author The author investigates fundamental questions as the relation between individual and society, revealing much about vital processes that are central to contemporary Norwegian society.
Read more about the book on the publisher's website
Unni Wikan has spent more time in sustained fieldwork in more societies than any other anthropologist whom I know, and these essays are the connective tissue among her most substantial work. They demonstrate her theoretical acuity in defining an approach that always places human experience first. As a result, she develops attractive, balanced, pragmatic views of culture, relativism, and the tendency in cultural anthropology, at least, to emphasize difference over the coherence of human experience in whichever culture and society it is engaged. They are exemplars and a test, as well, of just that approach which understands that common humanity is to be found anywhere, though complicated by distinctive cultural orientations to the expression of personhood.
Georg Marcus, University of California, Irvine
With this volume Christian Krohn-Hansen presents an ethnographic study of Dominicans in New York City through their participation in small businesses. Krohn-Hansen demonstrates how Dominican enterprises work, how people find economic openings, and how Dominicans who own small commercial ventures have formed political associations to promote and defend their interests.
Arnd Schneider has written a new investigation and theoretical discussion on practices of appropriation from indigenous cultures among interior and accessories designers in Misiones province, northeast Argentina. The article is published in the Journal of Material Culture.
Read the article in the Journal of Material Culture
Research for this article was carried out as part of the HERA project "Creativity in a World of Movement (CIM)", where Arnd Schneider was a senior researcher (pro-rata) 2010 -2012.
Arnd Schneiders chapter in The SAGE handbook of Social Anthropology is divided into five main headings: (1) agency and relationality; (2)artworlds;(3) mimesis and appropriation; (4)materiality; phenomenology, skills and creativity; and (6) practice.
Arnd Schneider has written Expanded Visions:Rethinking Anthropological Research and Representation through Experimental Film in Redrawing Anthropology:Materials, Movements, Lines edited by Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen, UK
Sharam Alghasi has written the chapter Understanding the audience in a multicultural society in Media in Motion: Cultural Complexity and Migration in the Nordic Region.
Arnd Schneider has written Unfinished Dialogues: Notes toward an Alternative History of Art and Anthropology in Made to Be Seen Perspectives on the History of Visual Anthropology edited by Marcus Banks and Jay Ruby.
Cecilia Salinas' master dissertation Wistful hope: local responses to neo-liberal politics: Uruguay and the pulp industry has now been published as a book in Argentina in Spanish with the title Añorada Esperanza. Respuestas locales a las politicas neoliberales: Uruguay y la industria de la celulosa
The full list of doctoral disputation and doctorates at the Department of Social Anthropology has been moved to:
Sindre Bangstad and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen discusses the fate, motives and circumstances of Norwegian ex-soldiers Joshua French and Tjostolv Moland in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the current edition of Anthropology Today. Tjostolv Moland and Joshua French may have shown us an image of some Norwegians abroad which is not altogether flattering.
Ingjerd Hoëm bidrar til boka Ritual Communication. Boka er redigert av Gunter Senft og Ellen B. Basso og er resultat av et symposium i regi av The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Den er utgitt på Berg.
As the issue of language endangerment and language death has hit linguistics with some urgency, Ingjerd Hoem writes in her article , the recognition of a need for documentation of vanishing cultures has receded into background within mainstream social anthropology
Ingjerd Hoëm bidrar med et kapittel i boka Migration and Transnationalism. Pacific Perspectives, som utgis på Australian National University E Press.