Anthropology in Norway: Directions, Locations, Relations

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Edited by Synnøve K.N. Bendixsen and Edvard Hviding

This book traces the history, growth and wide-ranging public engagements of social anthropology in Norway. An outcome of the Norwegian Anthropology Day at the Royal Anthropological Institute, the book explores diverse developments of theory and fieldwork near and far, and provides an overview of the institutional beginnings of social anthropology in Norway. A special section includes lively debates between Norwegian and British colleagues.

This is a striking book and a wonderful read. The contributors are so direct, honest and penetrating in their understanding of Norwegian Anthropology’s historical development, which was very rapid indeed, compared to other countries. The breadth of this particular anthropology, from the classical actor-oriented ethnography made famous by Frederik Barth, to the study of development, local community studies in Norway, to its scientific engagement in issues of immigration, multiculturalism, structures of power, not least between the sexes, are all remarkable achievements. It is also abundantly clear, that the anthropological public sphere has been exceptional in its openness to different interpretations of reality and the willingness to enter into debate. We should all be thankful for the Norwegian presence in Anthropology.
Jonathan Friedman, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of California San Diego and Directeur D’études, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

A recurrent theme of this fascinating collection of essays, debate and commentary is the attention given to centre/periphery relations. Norwegian anthropology is characterised by the editors as a ‘betwixt and between’ position, neither at the centre nor at the periphery. The contributors draw attention to a sense of ambiguous global positioning and an intellectual commitment both to collaborative, international scholarship and to engagement in national public debate. In the process they produce an important reflection on the elasticity of ‘national’ framings, and the shifting configurations of centres and peripheries as they emerge and transform over time.
Penny Harvey, Professor of Anthropology, University of Manchester

Synnøve K.N. Bendixsen is Associate professor of social anthropology, University of Bergen.
Edvard Hviding is Professor of social anthropology, University of Bergen
Contributors: Synnøve K.N. Bendixsen, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Signe Howell, Edvard Hviding, Olaf H. Smedal, Gunnar M. Sørbø, Marilyn Strathern and Halvard Vike.

CONTENTS:
Chapter 1: Portrait of a young discipline? – Synnøve K.N. Bendixsen and Edvard Hviding; Chapter 2: Social anthropology in Norway: A historical sketch; Chapter 3: The fieldwork tradition – Signe Howell; Chapter 4: No direction home?: Anthropology in and of Norway – Halvard Vike; Chapter 5: Norwegian anthropology and development: New roles for a troubled future? – Gunnar M. Sørbø; Chapter 6: The unbearable lightness of being … a public anthropologist in Norway – Thomas Hylland Eriksen; Chapter 7: Disagreement, illumination and mystery: Towards an ethnography of anthropology in Norway; Chapter 8: Norwegian Anthropology Day: Panel discussion; Chapter 9: Norwegian anthropology: Towards the identification of an object – Marilyn Strathern; Contributors; Index.

Published in association with the Royal Anthropological Institute

Ebook, ISBN 978-1-912385-38-6, OPEN ACCESS (link)

Paperback, ISBN 978-1-912385-30-0, £25.00 (GBP), $35.00 (USD)

This volume is available from the RAI in a limited paperback edition for Fellows at £20.00 (including P&P). Institutional inquiries should be addressed please to the publisher (www.seankingston.co.uk). Orders from Fellows may come directly to the RAI, to admin@therai.org.uk.