Sist endret 10. jan. 2013 13:36 av

Network meetings with ’open dialogue’ is now offered to psychiatric patients in several mental health services in Norway. At first sight, this raises some intriguing questions: First, why this revival of communitarian values and tribute to local knowledge in one of Europe’s most modern and individualistic welfare states? Second, what is really going on in those network meetings – how are they supposed to be therapeutic? Third, is this another Western ‘talking cure’ mainly eliminating ‘inner demons’ by naming them?


Sist endret 7. okt. 2013 17:25 av

In this thesis the practice and subculture of “birding” (and to a lesser extent moose hunting and nature inspired art production) has been studied anthropologically.

The aim of the study has been to find out more about how ornithological field experts perceive, classify and acquire knowledge about birds and the environments where they occur. What kind of activity is this? How is it motivated? To what extent can “twitching” and bird -watching be considered an embodied skill?

Sist endret 1. nov. 2013 13:14 av

The thesis, grounded in a yearlong fieldwork in New Delhi and Lucknow, investigates the intersection of the aesthetic, material and ideological production of the North Indian business elites and their prestige, often directly connected to accumulation of wealth and its theatrical display. Focusing on the emerging Indian fashion industry, the thesis zooms on the dominant opulent aesthetics of excessive royal chic and the material and immaterial production of this segment of the heritage luxury business.

Sist endret 31. juli 2012 13:43 av

Ved å sammenlikne en tilsynelatende lik oversettertjeneste mellom tegnspråk og talespråk som formidles av tolker via bildetelefoner og "vanlige" telefoner i tre forskjellige land, viser denne avhandlingen at det ikke er uvesentlig hvordan tjenesten er organisert, hvordan den defineres og hvem som har ansvar for den.

Sist endret 4. feb. 2013 12:50 av

Grandfather’s House. Norwegian Turkish families; immigrated émigrés

This thesis is an ethnographic study of some Turkish origin families living in a Norwegian suburb. Drawing on almost two years of fieldwork, both in the suburb and in villages in Konya, the thesis title refers to the significance Norwegian-Turks embed in their genealogical and historical roots as Turks. In a world where social classifications seem quite fixed the thesis seeks to explain how relations of gender, class and kinship are negotiated, transmitted and maintained. To try to understand the processes, contents and conditions of Norwegian-Turkish understanding of family and “Turkishness” is what I see as the main task of this study.

Sist endret 28. mai 2013 10:55 av

Tone Sommerfelt’s doctoral thesis is a study of marriage practices and processes and dynamics of sociality connected to ties of affinity within and beyond homesteads in a polygynous setting in rural West Africa. Based on fieldwork among Muslim Wolof-speakers in a village on the North Bank of River Gambia, Sommerfelt explores the grounds for local understandings of what makes particular persons marriageable and more – or less – ideal as spouses, the patterns of who marries whom and the processes that follow when relationships are transformed as a result of marriage. The main argument is that marriageability and processes pertaining to the transformation of relationships through marriage are patterned according to gradual distinctions of similarity and difference, closeness and distance.