Ståle Wig

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology
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Mobile phone +47-90523201
Visiting address Gullhaug torg 1 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1091 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

Economic anthropology, ethics, labor, markets, the state, social change, volunteering, aid work, absurdity

Regional focus: Cuba, Southern Africa, Lesotho

Courses taught

ANTH4610 - Work, Capital and Business

SOSANT 1300 - Economic anthropology

SOSANT2530 - Development

SOSANT4110 - Teori og Metode

SOSANT1200 - Politisk antropologi

MNKOM 3000/4000 - Formidling og vitenskapsjournalistikk

Deep reading


Ph.D in Social Anthropology, University of Oslo (2020). Thesis: "Into the light. Rifts and relations in Cuba's market transformation". 

MA in Social Anthropology, Univeristy of Oslo (2013). Thesis: “Awareness, morality and agency in development: New Lessons from Lesotho.” (Shortlisted for the MA Thesis Award, Norsk Forening for Utviklingsforskning)

The Research School, Centre for Development and the Environment, UiO

Author, Kagge publishers (2013, 2022)

Tags: Development, Ethics, Economic anthropology, State, Absurdity, Africa, Lesotho, Cuba


Book manuscript (in progress). "The battle for the market. Life and labor in Cuba's new economy."

Wig, Ståle. (2021). "Imagined individuality: Cultivating separated personhood in Cuba and beyond." Focaal - Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. 90

Martin, Keir, Sylvia Yanagisako and Ståle Wig (2021). "Battlegrounds of dependence: Reconfiguring labor, kinship and relational obligation." Focaal - Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. 90: 1-10.

Wig, Ståle, and Nefissa Naguib. (2021). "The poetics of Deep Reading: A Field Guide to Getting Lost in a Book." Teaching Tools. Fieldsights, February 23. 

Wig, Ståle (2022). Beggars will change the way you think. [Video] TEDx Conferences.

View all works in Cristin

  • Wig, Ståle (2022). Havanna taxi - liv og løgn på det nye Cuba. Kagge Forlag AS. ISBN 9788248928478. 352 p.
  • Wig, Ståle (2014). Seierherren. En uautorisert biografi om Jonas Gahr Støre. Kagge Forlag AS. ISBN 9788248914389. 280 p.

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Published Nov. 18, 2014 10:53 AM - Last modified Aug. 29, 2022 11:47 PM