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In a chapter in this new book about food research Marianne Lien and Eivind Jacobsen argue that marketers have worked hard to understand and shape the buying practices of urban shoppers, acknowledging how their diverse, segmented and unruly behaviour has changed over time. The authors explore how marketing emerged out economics as a field of knowledge, how it has filled the growing distance between buyers and sellers and they look at some of its successes and failures.
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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.
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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 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:
Aud Talle gir i denne boken en innføring i fenomenet omskjæring.
Arnd Schneider and Christopher Wright have published Between Art and Anthropology which provides new and challenging arguments for considering contemporary art and anthropology in terms of fieldwork practice. Artists and anthropologists share a set of common practices that raise similar ethical issues, which the authors explore in depth for the first time.
This is a study of the meanings and possibilities for justice in the contemporary world. Anthropologists examine the ambiguities of justice in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. In her chapter "Global Governmentality: the case of transnational adoption", Signe Howell examines some implications of international adoption legislation.
In her article, Marit Melhuus turn on issues of methodology with regard to the study of biotechnology in contemporary society and its contribution to further debates about what it means to study biotechnology ethnographically
Marianne Lien bidrar i boka The Globalization of Food med kapitlet "Standards, Science and Scale: The Case of Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon".
Unni Wikans bok For ærens skyld. Fadime til ettertanke har nå kommet ut på arabisk.
Ruth Jane Prince is focusing on HIV/AIDS interventions and antiretroviral treatment programmes in Kenya, and related issues of global health, the political-economy of knowledge, traditionalism and the state.
Since 1993, Paul Wenzel Geissler has been working , in western Kenya, conducting first medical research and then several years of ethnographic fieldwork.
Trenger kulturelle forskjeller oppfattes som problematiske? Det er et av spørsmålene i denne boka, redigert av professor ved SAI, Halvard Vike, i fellesskap med Ketil Eide, Marianne Rugkåsa og Naushad A. Qureshi.
Marit Melhuus og Signe Howell bidrar i denne antologien med artikkelen "Adoption and Assisted Conception: One Universe of Unnatural Procreation. An Examination of Norwegian Legislation". Med et overordnet fokus på slektskap, diskuterer artikkelen noen sammenhenger mellom assistert befruktning og adopsjon med utgangspunkt i norske lovgivningsprosesser og i et historisk perspektiv.
Professor Arne Kalland har fulgt hvaldebatten nasjonalt og internasjonalt over mange år. Med monografien Unveiling The Whale gir han en samlende analytisk oversikt over de forskjellige sidene ved diskusjonen omkring hval og hvalfangst.
In its assessment of the current ‘state of play’ of ethnographic practice in social anthropology, this volume with Marit Melhuus, Jon P.Mitchell and Helena Wulff as editors, explores the challenges that changing social forms and changing understandings of ‘the field’pose to contemporary ethnographic methods. Aud Talle is one of the contributors with her article "Getting the ethnography ‘right’: On female circumcision in exile".
I Elisabeth L’orange Fürsts bok danner fire generasjoner kvinner i en russisktalende familie i Moldovas hovedstad Chisinau hovedstrukturen i fortellinger om livshistorier, hverdagsliv og samfunnsforhold i endring. Vi får innblikk i tiden før og under Sovjetunionen, men også i et postsovjetisk samfunn som feiret uavhengigheten, men som raskt råket opp i språk-/etnisitets-konflikter og økonomisk krise. En konsekvens har vært stor strid rundt historiefortellingene og virkelighetsfortolkningene. Befolkningen rives mellom prorumensk og prorussisk, vestlig og østlig identitet og orientering.
Førsteamanuensis Susanne Brandtstädter har redigert boka Chinese Kinship: Contemprary Anthropological Perspectives, hvor en rekke Kina-antropologer bidrar.
Susanne Brandtstädter, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, has written the chapter "Fakes: Fraud, Value Anxiety and the Politics of Sincerity" in Karen Sykes (ed), /Ethnographies of Moral Reasoning. Living Paradoxes of a Global Age. More on the book on the publisher Palgrave's pages.
Ingjerd Hoëms artikkel er en analyse av det sosiale systemet i polynesiske Tokelau, hvor hun argumenterer for den klassiske forståelsen av sosial organisasjon som stratifisert eller egalitært kommer til kort.
Artikkelen er utgitt i Knut M. Rio og Olaf H. Smedals bok "Hierarchy. Persistence and Transformation in Social Formations" (Berghahn Books).