Thomas Hylland Eriksen

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Thomas Hylland Eriksen has for many years studied, and written about, identity politics, ethnicity, nationalism and globalisation from a comparative perspective. He has also published popular books, textbooks, polemical books and essays on a variety of topics.

From 2004 to 2010, Eriksen directed the UiO Strategic Research Programme CULCOM (Cultural Complexity in the New Norway). From 2010 to 2013, he directed ‘the Alna project’, an interdisciplinary project focusing on place and conditions for belonging in new suburb in eastern Oslo.

Since the turn of the millennium, his main publications in English include two books about globalisation (Globalisation – Studies in Anthropology and Globalization: The Key Concepts), a book about anthropology and the public sphere (Engaging Anthropology) and (as co-editor) A World of Insecurity, about human security as an anthropological concept. His textbooks in social and cultural anthropology, especially What is Anthropology?, Small Places, Large Issues and Ethnicity and Nationalism, are still being translated into new languages, and are being read by students across the world. His Fredrik Barth: An Intellectual Biography was published in 2015.

In the period 2001–2011, Eriksen wrote a series of four books about unintended consequences of modernity. Tyranny of the Moment was published simultaneously in Norwegian and English; the others, dealing with identity, happiness and waste, have not been publised in English.

As from 2012, he primarily works on the ERC funded research project Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalisation’. The first book from the project is Overheating: An anthropology of accelerated change (2016).

Eriksen's personal website is at

Tags: Globalisation, Modernity, Culture, Identity, Norway, The Indian Ocean, Australia, Climate, Ethnicity, The Caribbean


Selected books

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (ed.) (2018). An overheated world: An anthropological history of the early twenty-first century. Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-138-74222-2.  152 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland & Ramtohul, Ramola (ed.) (2018). The Mauritian Paradox: Fifty years of development, diversity and democracy. University of Mauritius Press.  ISBN 978-99903-73-48-6.  279 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2017). What is Anthropology? Second edition. Pluto Press.  ISBN 978-0745399669.  189 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland & Schober, Elisabeth (eds.) (2017). Knowledge and power in an overheated world. Department of Social Anthropology.  ISBN 978-82-7720-200-6.  140 s. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2016). Overheating: An anthropology of accelerated change. Pluto Press.  ISBN 978-0-7453-3634-3.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland & Elisabeth Schober (eds.) (2016). Identity Destabilised. Living in an overheated world.. Pluto Press.  ISBN 9780745399126.  260 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2015). Fredrik Barth: An intellectual biography. Pluto Press.  ISBN 978-0-7453-3535-3.  249 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2015). Small Places, Large Issues: An introduction to social and cultural anthropology, 4th edition. Pluto Press.  ISBN 978-0-7453-3593-3.  454 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland & Sajjad, Torunn Arntsen (2015). Kulturforskjeller i praksis, 6. utgave. Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-05-481770.  280 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2014). Globalization: The Key Concepts, 2nd edition. Bloomsbury Academic.  ISBN 978-0-85785-727-9.  210 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2013). Fredrik Barth: En intellektuell biografi. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget 2013. ISBN 978-82-15-02232-1. 286 s. 

Hessen, Dag O. and Thomas Hylland Eriksen (2012) På stedet løp: Konkurransens paradokser. Oslo: Aschehoug. ISBN 978-82-032-9328-3. 248 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2011). Søppel: Avfall i en verden av bivirkninger. Oslo: Aschehoug. ISBN 978-82-03-29253-8. 221 s. 

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2010). Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives, 3rd edition. London: Pluto. ISBN 978-0-74530-700-8. 195 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2010). Små steder, store spørsmål: Innføring i sosialantropologi, 3. utgave. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. ISBN 978-82-15-01396-1. 332 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2008). Storeulvsyndromet: Jakten på lykken i overflodssamfunnet. Oslo: Aschehoug. ISBN 978-82-525-6823-3. 280 s. 

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2006). Engaging Anthropology: The Case for a Public Presence. Oxford: Berg. ISBN 978-1-84520-064-0. 192 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2004) Røtter og føtter: Identitet i en omskiftelig tid. Oslo: Aschehoug. 250 s. 

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2001). Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow Time in the Information Age. London: Pluto. ISBN 0-7453-1774-X. 180 s.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2001) Øyeblikkets tyranni: Rask og langsom tid i informasjonssamfunnet. Oslo: Aschehoug. 200 s. 

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (1998). Common Denominators: Ethnicity, nation-building and compromise in Mauritius. Oxford: Berg. ISBN 1-85973-954-7. 207 s. 

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (1993). Kulturterrorismen: Et oppgjør med tanken om kulturell renhet. Oslo: Spartacus. 64 s.


Some recent articles and book chapters

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2018) Language and ethnic hierarchy in Mauritius. I: Creolization and Pidginization in Contexts of Postcolonial Diversity. Brill Academic Publishers ISBN 978-90-04-36342-7. s. 59-77

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2018) Public ritual in Mauritius. I: The Composition of Anthropology: How Anthropological Texts Are Written. Routledge ISBN 9781138208124. s. 73-88

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2017) Sex, violence and nationalism. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40.(9) s. 1438-1449

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2017) After 22 July 2011: Norwegians Together. I: Small Countries: Structures and Sensibilities. University of Pennsylvania Press ISBN 978-0-8122-4893-7. s. 67-82

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2017) Social anthropology and the shifting discourses about immigrants in Norway. I: Engaged Anthropology: Views from Scandinavia. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-40484-4. s. 99-120

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2016) Sobreaquecimento: Pequenos lugares e grandes questões na antropologia do século XXI. Etnográfica; 20.(1) s. 197-208

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2016) Ben Anderson, the anthropologist. Nations and Nationalism, 22.(4) s. 628-633

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2016) En overopphetet klode. Vagant  (1) s. 114-119

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2016) Overheating: the world since 1991 History and Anthropology, 27.(5) s. 469-487

Schober, Elisabeth; Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2016) Economies of Growth or Ecologies of Survival?. Ethnos 2016 

Schober, Elisabeth; Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2016) Waste and the superfluous: an introduction. Social Anthropology 2017, 25 (3) s. 282-287

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