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Published Aug. 28, 2013 1:43 PM

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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Published Jan. 22, 2013 1:01 PM

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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Published Jan. 22, 2013 1:00 PM

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

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Published Aug. 4, 2011 2:58 PM

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

Published Aug. 4, 2011 1:08 PM

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.


Published Aug. 4, 2011 1:08 PM

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.

Published Aug. 4, 2011 1:08 PM

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.

The Land is Dying. Contingency, Creativity and Conflict in Western Kenya 

Published Aug. 4, 2011 1:07 PM

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.

Published Aug. 4, 2011 1:07 PM

Førsteamanuensis Susanne Brandtstädter har redigert boka Chinese Kinship: Contemprary Anthropological Perspectives, hvor en rekke Kina-antropologer bidrar.

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Published Aug. 4, 2011 1:07 PM

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.

Published Aug. 4, 2011 1:07 PM

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.

Published Aug. 4, 2011 1:07 PM

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".