Review of “The Human Economy: A Citizen’s Guide”

Published in Museum Anthropology Review Vol 5, No 1-2 (2011)

Our world is in a condition similar to France before the French Revolution. For how else can one describe a situation where a socially exclusive minority controls an impoverished mass?

Not many months after anthropologist Keith Hart made this comparison in The Human Economy.Read the rest “Review of “The Human Economy: A Citizen’s Guide””

Cosmopolitanism and anthropology

Published in Anthropology Today, august 2006

Association of Social Anthropologists Diamond Jubilee Conference, Keele University, 10-13 April 2006

Why is it so difficult for anthropologists to take sides and express their opinions? Why are conference papers read instead of being presented in an engaging way? I returned from the ASA conference ‘Cosmopolitanism and Anthropology’ at Keele University with many questions.Read the rest “Cosmopolitanism and anthropology”

Benedict Anderson: “I like nationalism’s utopian elements”

– I am probably the only one writing about nationalism who doesn’t think it ugly, says Benedict Anderson. In 1983 the professor at Cornell University, New York, wrote one of the most read books ever on nationalism, “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism”. At the international literature festival Kapittel (Chapter) in Stavanger he had a good half-hour free for an interview.Read the rest “Benedict Anderson: “I like nationalism’s utopian elements””