Signe Howell

Professor emerita
Bilde av Signe Howell
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Besøksadresse Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts hus 6. etg. 0851 Oslo
Postadresse Postboks 1091 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Faglige interesser


  • Antropologisk teori og metode
  • Urbefolkninger/Den fjerde verden
  • Økologisk antropologi
  • Religion, ritualer.kosmologi, emosjoner, moral, personbegreper
  • Sosial organisasjon, slektskapsteori, kjønn, barn

Regionalt: Indonesia, Malaysia, Norge


Howell har utført feltarbeid i Malaysia (urbefolkninger, spesielt Chewong), Indonesia (Lio folket, Flores), og Norge (utenlandsadopjon).

For tiden arbeider hun med de følgende prosjekter:

  • Komparativ antropolgisk undersøkelse av UN-REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degredation) prosjekter i Indonesia, Tanzania og Amazonas.
  • Metodologisk og analytisk undersøkelse av "multitemporært feltarbeid" som praksiss, dvs. en rekke feltarbeid i det samme område overlengre tid.
  • Urbefolkning i den Malaysiske regnskog: kontinuitet og sosial endring over en periode av 30 år.
  • Internasjonal adopsjon: en moderne form form for norsk familieliv.


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Emneord: Indonesia, Malaysia, Adopsjon, Bioteknologi, Gave/vare, Religion, Ritualer, Sosial organisasjon, Emosjoner, Fertilitet, Slektskap, Økologisk antropologi, Kjønn


  • Howell, Signe Lise (2020). The fieldwork tradition and the quest for essential perplexities, In João Pina-Cabral & Glenn Bowman (ed.),  AFTER SOCIETY: Anthropological Trajectories out of Oxford.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-78920-768-2.  Chapter 7.  s 127 - 141
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2019). The Interface between Kinship and Politics in Three Different Social Settings, In Sandra Bamford (ed.),  The Cambridge handbook of Kinship.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-04118-9.  Part VI Kinship and the Nation-State.  s 658 - 674
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2018). The Kinning of the Transnationally Adopted Child in Contemporary Norway, In Gill Rye; Victoria Browne; Adalgisa Giorgio; Emily Jeremiah & Abigail Lee Six (ed.),  Motherhood in Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Europe.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138648173.  Chapter 8.  s 111 - 124
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2017). Different Knowledge Regimes and Some Consequences for ‘Sustainability’, In Marc Brightman & Jerome Lewis (ed.),  The Anthropology of Sustainability:Beyond Development and Progress.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-1-137-56635-5.  Chapter.  s 127 - 143
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2017). Different Knowledge Regimes and Some Consequences for ‘Sustainability’, In Marc Brightman & Jerome Lewis (ed.),  The Anthropology of Sustainability:Beyond Development and Progress.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 9781137566355.  Chapter 8.  s 127 - 143
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2017). Rules without rulers? Comment on Sahlins, Marshall. 2017. “The original political society.”. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.  ISSN 2049-1115.  7(2), s 143- 147 . doi: 10.14318/hau7.2.018
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2017). Two or three things I love about ethnography. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.  ISSN 2049-1115.  7(1), s 15- 20 . doi: 10.14318/hau7.1.004
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2016). Battle of cosmologies: The catholic church, Adat, and ‘Inculturation’ among Northern Lio, Indonesia. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology.  ISSN 0155-977X.  60(4), s 21- 39 . doi: 10.3167/sa.2016.600402
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2016). Seeing and knowing: Metamorphosis and the fragility of species in Chewong animistic ontology, In Kaj Arhem & Guido Sprenger (ed.),  Animism in Southeast Asia.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780415713795.  Part 2.  s 55 - 72
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2016). The Relationality of Species in Chewong Animistic Ontology, In Bjørn Enge Bertelsen & Synnøve Kristine Nepstad Bendixsen (ed.),  Critical Anthropological Engagements in Human Alterity and Difference.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-40474-5.  Chapter 2.  s 43 - 63
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2016). Transnational Families: Changes in Adoption and the Diffusion of Western Norms, In Shalini Randeria (ed.),  Border Crossings.Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt.  vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich.  ISBN 978-3-7281-3140-9.  Del 2.  s 155 - 178
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2015). Antropologi - et verneverdig fag?. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7285.  (2), s 178- 184
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2015). Politics of appearances: Some reasons why the UN-REDD project in Central Sulawesi failed to unite the various stakeholders. Asia Pacific Viewpoint.  ISSN 1360-7456.  56(1), s 37- 47 . doi: 10.1111/apv.12081
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2014). "No rights - no REDD": Some implications of a turn towards co-benefits. Forum for Development Studies.  ISSN 0803-9410.  41(2), s 253- 272 . doi: 10.1080/08039410.2014.901241
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2014). "The Best Interest of the Child":Global Governmentality and Transnational Adoption. Beiträge zur Afrika - Forschung.  ISSN 0938-7285.  40, s 137- 150 . doi: 10.1017/cbo9780511657511.006
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2013). Divide and Rule: Nature and Society in a Global Forest Programme, In Kirsten Hastrup (ed.),  Anthropology and Nature.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0-203-79536-1.  Kapittel 9.  s 147 - 166
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2013). Metamorphosis and Identity: Chewong animistic ontology, In Graham Harvey (ed.),  The handbook of contemporary animism.  Acumen Publishing.  ISBN 978-1-84465-711-7.  Part 2. Dwelling in Nature/Culture.  s 101 - 112
  • Howell, Signe Lise & Lillegraven, Anja L (2013). Cash, Culture and Social Change: Why don't Chewong Become Entrepreneurs?, In Eldar Bråten (ed.),  Embedded entrepreneurship: Market, culture, and micro-business in insular Southeast Asia.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-90-04-25028-4.  Chapter 13.  s 275 - 297
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2012). Cumulative Understandings:Experiences from the Study of Two Southeast Asian Societies, In Signe Lise Howell & Aud Talle (ed.),  Returns to the Field.  Indiana University Press.  ISBN 978-0-253-22348-7.  Del 2, Chapter 6.  s 153 - 180
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2012). Knowledge, Morality, and Causality in a 'Luckless' Society: The Case of the Chewong in the Malaysian Rain Forest. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology.  ISSN 0155-977X.  56(1), s 133- 147 . doi: 10.3167/sa.2012.560109
  • Howell, Signe Lise & Talle, Aud (2012). Introduction, In Signe Lise Howell & Aud Talle (ed.),  Returns to the Field.  Indiana University Press.  ISBN 978-0-253-22348-7.  Introduction.  s 1 - 22
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2011). Antropologiens uutholdelige letthet. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7285.  (3-4), s 167- 178
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2011). Sources of Sociality in a Cosmological Frame: Chewong, Peninsular Malaysia, In Thomas Gibson & Kenneth Sillander (ed.),  Anarchic Solidarity, Autonomy, Equality , and Fellowship in Southeast Asia.  Yale University Press.  ISBN 978-0-938692-94-2.  2.  s 40 - 62
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2011). The Uneasy Move from Hunting,Gathering and Shifting Cultivation to Settled Agriculture:the Case of the Chewong(Malaysia)The Uneasy Move from Hunting,Gathering and Shifting Cultivation to Settled Agriculture:the Case of the Chewong(Malaysia), In Graeme Barker & Monica Janowski (ed.),  Why cultivate? Anthropological and Archaeological Approaches to Foraging-Farming Transitions in Southeast Asia.  McDonald Institute.  ISBN 978-1-902937-58-8.  Chapter 7.  s 95 - 105
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2011). Whatever happened to the spirit of adventure, In Holger Jebens & Karl-Heinz Kohl (ed.),  The End of anthropology?.  Sean Kingston Publishing.  ISBN 978-1-907774-05-8.  s 139 - 154
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2010). Global Governmentality: The Case of Transnational Adoption, In Kamari Maxine Clarke & Mark Goodale (ed.),  Mirrors of Justice. Law and Power in the Post-Cold War Era.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9780521195379.  Chapter 4.  s 87 - 106
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2010). Norwegian Academic Anthropologists in Public Spaces. Current Anthropology.  ISSN 0011-3204.  51, s S269- S277 . doi: 10.1086/652907
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2010). Whatever happened to the spirit of adventure?. Paideuma: Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde.  ISSN 0078-7809.  56, s 189- 205
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2009). Accelerated Globalisation and the Conflicts of Values Seen Through the Lens of Transnational Adoption: A Comparative Perspective, In Monica Heintz (ed.),  The Anthropology of Moralities.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-84545-592-7.  Kapittel 5.  s 81 - 102
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2009). Adoption of the Unrelated Child: Some Challenges to the Anthropological Study of Kinship. Annual Review of Anthropology.  ISSN 0084-6570.  38, s 149- 166 . doi: 10.1146/annurev.anthro.37.081407.085115
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2009). La voix du sang: adoptés et immigrés dans les discours sur la biologie et la culture. Ethnologie Française.  ISSN 0046-2616.  (2), s 331- 341
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2009). “Return Journeys and the Search for Roots: Contradictory Values regarding Identity.”, In Diana Marre & L.R. Briggs (ed.),  International Adoption: Global Inequalities and the Circulation of Children.  New York University Press.  ISBN 978-0-8147-9102-8.  Part three.  s 256 - 271
  • Howell, Signe Lise & Marre, Diana (2009). Discours sur la destinée et adoption internationale, I: Enric Porqueres i Gené (red.),  Défis contemporains de la paranté.  L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales.  ISBN 978-2-7132-2221-4.  Kapittel 9.  s 197 - 216
  • Melhuus, Marit & Howell, Signe Lise (2009). Adoption and Assisted Conception: One Universe of Unnatural Procreation. An Examination of Norwegian Legislation, In Jeanette Edwards & Carles Salazar (ed.),  European Kinship in the Age of Biotechnology.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-84545-573-6.  Kapittel 9.  s 144 - 162
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2008). Global styringsmentalitet og begreper om rettferdighet motstridende forståelser av barn og transnasjonal adopsjon. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7285.  19(2/3), s 122- 135
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2007). "Imagined Kin,Place and Community:Some Paradoxes in the Transnational Movement of Children in Adoption", In Marianne Elisabeth Lien & Marit Melhuus (ed.),  Holding Worlds Together: Ethnographies of Knowing and Belonging.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-84545-250-6.  Kapittel 2.  s 17 - 37
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2007). "Relations with the imagined child: the emotionality of becoming an adoptive parent in Norway.", In Helena Wulf (ed.),  The Emotions: A Cultural Reader.  Berg Publishers.  ISBN 978-1-84520-368-9.  Kapittel.  s 179 - 198
  • Melhuus, Marit & Howell, Signe Lise (2007). Race, Biology and Culture in Contemporary Norway: Identity and Belonging in Adoption, Donor Gametes and Immigration, In Peter Wade (ed.),  Race, Ethnicity, and Nation:Perspectives from Kinship and Genetics.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-84545-355-8.  Kapittel 3.  s 53 - 73
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2006). Changes in Moral Values About The Family: Adoption Legislation in Norway and the US. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology.  ISSN 0155-977X.  50(3), s 146- 163
  • Howell, Signe Lise & Marre, D (2006). To kin a transnationally adopted child in Norway and Spain: The achievement of resemblances and belonging. Ethnos.  ISSN 0014-1844.  71, s 293- 316
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). Quién soy, entonces? Perspectivas de los adoptados transnacionales acerca de la identidad y la etnia, I: Diana Marre & Joan Bestard (red.),  La adopción y el acogimiento. Presente y perspectivas.  Departament d'Antropologia Cultural i Historia d'América i África.  ISBN 84-475-2864-2.  Kapittel 8.  s 197 - 221
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). �The backpackers that come to stay: New challenges to Norwegian transnational adoptive families �, In Fiona Bowie (ed.),  Cross-cultural approaches to adoption.  Routledge.  ISBN 0415303516.  Kapittel.  s 227 - 242
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2003). Kinning: the creation of life trajectories in transnational adoptive families. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.  ISSN 1359-0987.  9(3)
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2003). The house as analytic concept: A theoretical overview, In S Sparks & Signe Lise Howell (ed.),  The House in Southeast Asia.  Routledge.  ISBN 0-7007-1157-0.  s 16 - 34 Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2002). Community beyond place: Adoptive families in Norway, In  Realizing Community.  Routledge.  s 84 - 105 Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2002). Nesting, eclipsing and hierarchy. Processes of gendered values among Lio. Social Anthropology.  ISSN 0964-0282.  10(2) Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2002). "We People belong in the Forest", In Geoffrey Benjamin & Cynthia Chou (ed.),  Tribal Communities in Malay World.  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.  s 254 - 271 Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2001). Creative responses o alien forrces: "relgions", "government", "tradition" as co-exisiting modes of sociality among Northern Lio, Indnesia, In John Liep (ed.),  Locating Cultural Creativity.  Pluto Press,London.  ISBN 0-7453-1702-2.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2001). Feltarbeide i vår egen bakgård: noen refleksjoner rundt nye tendenser i norsk antropologi. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7285.  12(1-2)
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2001). Issues about gender arising out of Lio kinship terminology, In Catherine Alès & Cécilie Barraud (ed.),  Sexe relatif ou sexe absolu?.  Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme, Paris.  s 229 - 241 Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2001). Recontextualizing Tradition, In  Locating Cultural Creativity.  Pluto Press, London.  ISBN 07-45-31702-2. Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2001). Self-consciou kinship: some contested values in Norwegian transnatioal adoption, In  Relative values: New directions in kinship studies.  Duke University press. Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2000). "En vanlig familie": Utenlandsadopsjon i Norge, et stadig voksende fenomen, I:  Blod - tykkere enn vann? Betydninger av slektskap i Norge.  Fagbokforlaget.  ISBN 82-7674-555-5.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (1999). "Biologizing and de-biologizing kinship: Some paradoxes in Norwegian transnational adoption", In Anne-Lise Rygvold & Barbro Sætersdal (ed.),  Mine - Yours - Ouers and Theirs: Adoption, changing kinskip and family patterns..  Oslo, University of Oslo, Department of Special Needs Education.  s 32 - 52
  • Howell, Signe Lise (1999). "Den vanlige familie: norske adoptivfamiliers verdier og ønsker". Verdens barn : medlemsblad for Verdens Barn / Norsk Koreaforening.  ISSN 0800-3521.  11(4), s 5- 6

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  • Howell, Signe Lise & Talle, Aud (ed.) (2012). Returns to the Field. Indiana University Press.  ISBN 978-0-253-22348-7.  275 s.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2006). Chewong Women in Transition: The Effectss of monetization on a hunter-gatherer society. Centre for Orang Asli Affairs.  ISBN 983-43248-0-4.  30 s.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2006). The Kinning of Foreigners: Transnational Adoption in a Global Perspective. Berghahn Books.  ISBN 1-84545-184-8.  255 s.
  • Sparks, S & Howell, Signe Lise (red.) (2003). The House in Southeast Asia. Routledge.  ISBN 0-7007-1157-0.
  • Howell, Signe Lise & Melhuus, Marit (red.) (2001). Blod, tykkere enn vann? Betydninger av slektskap i Norge. Fagbokforlaget, Bergen..  ISBN 82-7674-555-5.
  • Howell, Signe Lise & Melhuus, Marit (red.) (2001). Blod-tykkere enn vann. Fagbokforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-7674-555-9.  243 s.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2000). Blod - tykkere enn vann? Betydninger av slektskap i Norge. Fagbokforlaget.  ISBN 82-7674-555-5.  239 s. Vis sammendrag

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  • Howell, Signe Lise (2008). Cosmological knowledge and indigenous theory of causation: Personhood, power and morality of Chewong (Malaysia) and Lio (Indonesia).
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2008). Norwegian academic anthopolgists in public places.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2008). Norwegian academic anthropologists in public places.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2008). 'The Best Interest of the Child' Global governementality and transantional.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2008). Transnational families: the gløobaløisation of adoption norms and the kinning of strangers.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2008). Whatever happended to the spirit of adventure?.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2006). Change and continuity closely observed: A Malaysian minority in a global world.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2006). Chewong through time: perceived opportunities, coercions and/or choice.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2006). Imagined kin, place, and community: the conflict between 'the naked child' and the psychological pull of origins.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2006). "Some changes in moral values concerning childhood as expressed in adoption legislation". Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2006). The best interest of the Child: a slogan with global ambitions.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2006). The resilience of culture? Some insights from longitudinal fieldwork.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2006). Transnational adoption: An example of global governmentality.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2005). Attitudes to foreigners in contempory Norway.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2005). Changes in moral values about childhood as expressed in adoption legislation.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2005). "I'm Korean on the outside and Norwegian on the inside" Some patterns in the constgruction of personhood among transantionally adopted childern.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2005). Imagined kin, place and community: Some paradoxes in the transnational movemetn of children in adoption.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2005). The meaning of"home" in transantional adoption discourses and adoptees' perspectives on identity and ethnicity.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2005). The significance of sociality in Chewong construction of 'landscape'.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2005). The war of cosmologies: The Catholic Church on Flores.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2005). To kin a foreign child in Norway and Spain: Notions of resemblance and the achievemetn of belonging.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). A question of difference: transantioally adoptees and immigrants in Norway.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). Eksporter ideen om "barnets beste". Apollon : Forskningsmagasin for Universitetet i Oslo.  ISSN 0803-6926.  (1), s 8- 9
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). Noen paradokser i norks utenlandsadopsjon.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). Place and body: Adoptees' perceptions of identity.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). Public Understanding of Genetics and Governance in Europe. Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). Public Understanding of Genetics: Public Understanding of Genetics and Family in Europe. Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). Public Understanding of Genetics: Race and etnicity in Europe. Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). The Dynamics of Peace.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). Transantioanl Adoption, a challenge to "blood is thicker than water".
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). Unrelated kin and the creation of virtual imagined place and community: Some paradoxes in the transanational movement of children in adoption.
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2004). Who am I then? Adoptees' perspectives on idnetity and ethnicity.
  • Howell, Signe Lise & Ulfsnes, Kari-Anne (2002). Hvem er adoptivsøkerne, slik de presenterer seg i adopsjonssøknader?. Verdens barn : medlemsblad for Verdens Barn / Norsk Koreaforening.  ISSN 0800-3521.  14(1), s 7- 11 Vis sammendrag
  • Howell, Signe Lise (2001). Tilbakereise til India; resultater fra en spørreundersøkelse. Adopsjonsforum.  ISSN 0802-7617.  26(4)
  • Howell, Signe Lise (1998). "Autobiography and Writing".
  • Howell, Signe Lise (1998). "Bioteknologiens etiske,juridiske og sosiale aspekter".
  • Howell, Signe Lise (1998). "Bureaucracy,Policy and Ritual Practice".
  • Howell, Signe Lise (1998). "Chewong cosmology", In  Encylopedia Malaysia,"Peoples and Cultures.".  Editons Didier,Kuala Lumpur..

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