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  • 51.
    Cidrelius, Daniel
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Homo adopticus - Policydiskurs, visuell verklighet och utilitarism2006Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I den här uppsatsen argumenterar jag för att den internationella adoptionsinstitutionen kan studeras som en del av ett kulturellt system av prestationer och motprestationer vilka följer reciprocitetsprincipen och uttrycker maktrelationer och exploaterande praktiker. I första hand är detta en uppsats som syftar till att utjämna relationen Vi-Dom. I andra hand en inbjudan till diskussion; inte EN punkt för diskussionen...

    Please email Cidah789@hotmail.com for the English version.

  • 52.
    Cidrelius, Daniel
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Internationell adoption: Hur konstrueras en diskurs?2005Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna essä behandlas ämnet internationell adoption. Jag gör en hermeneutisk och holistisk undersökning av det internationella adoptionsfenomenet genom att ställa en dominerande diskurs i relation till en motdiskurs. På grund av ämnets omfattning kommer jag att ha Sverige som utgångspunkt för diskussionen. Det land varifrån den internationella adoptionen sker är i denna undersökning Sri Lanka.

    Med frågeställningen "Hur konstrueras en diskurs?" undersöks de aspekter den internationella adoptionsverksamheten är sammansatt av.

    Jag vill påvisa den internationella adoptionsverksamhetens hegemoniska/diskursiva status och belysa den vetenskapliga och rationella praxis den är i besittning av. Den internationella adoptionsdiskursen är en konstruktion som skapar en föreställning att Sri Lankas mödrar utlandsadopterar sina barn pga fattigdom. Rådande forskning om internationell adoption är mycket ensidig. Jag har därför försökt att ge en så kontextualiserad bild som möjligt.

  • 53.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Afrikas Horn1994In: Fjern og Naer: Sosialantropologiske Perspektiver på Verdens Samfunn og Kulturer / [ed] Signe Howell, Marit Melhuus, Oslo: Ad Notam Gyldendal , 1994, p. 102-122Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 54.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Berättelse som bot1983In: Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, ISSN 0037-833X, Vol. 60, no 7, p. 389-394Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 55.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Det nyttiga barnet1984In: Barn i tid och rum / [ed] Karin Aronsson, Marianne Cederblad, Gudrun Dahl, Lars Olsson, Bengt Sandin, Malmö: Liber, 1984, p. 128-147Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 56.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Economics: Pastoral Economics2007In: Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, vol. 4, University of California , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 57.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Former Department of Advertising and PR2014In: Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University: 1964-2014 / [ed] Gudrun Dahl, Mats Danielson, Stockholm: Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University , 2014, p. 325-337Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 58.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Har bönder stora fötter? eller kampen med kategorierna1994In: Den antropologiska erfarenheten: liv, vetenskap, visioner / [ed] Kaj Århem, Stockholm: Carlsson Bokförlag, 1994, p. 251-266Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 59.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Idéer om barndom och barnets natur1984In: Barn i tid och rum / [ed] Karin Aronsson, Marianne Cederblad, Gudrun Dahl, Lars Olsson, Bengt Sandin, Malmö: Liber, 1984, p. 9-23Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 60.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Is Good Intention Enough to Be Heard? On Appadurai's 'Capacity to Aspire'2016In: Voice and Matter Communication: Communication, Development and the Cultural Return / [ed] Oscar Hemer, Tomas Tufte, Göteborg: Nordicom, 2016, p. 225-239Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The point of departure for my contribution is a reflection over Appadurai’s approach to hope in relation to the contradictions between the politics and moralities of recognition versus redistribution and the ascription of individualising or structural explanations for the predicament of poor people. The will to give recognition is perspectivised in relation to contemporary developmental ideologies that make grassroots’ connections a moral value. However, an emphasis on hope as a basically individual characteristic or a cultural trait is also problematized in relation to the arguments of traditional ‘theories of ascription’. The explanation of other people’s actions tends to stress their own characteristics rather than the situational conditions under which they act. This may be a constraint for how even well intended academic discourse is received, transforming cultural or individual explanations into static models of the “blame-the-victim” type.

  • 61.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Mats and Milkpots: The Domain of Borana Women1990In: The creative communion: African folk models of fertility and the regeneration of life / [ed] A. Jakobson-Widding, and W.E.A. van Beek, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 1990Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 62.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Naming a Borana1998In: KVHAA Konferenser 42, Stockholm: Published contributions to the symposium on Personhood and Social Identity in Stora Brännbo, Sigtuna , 1998, p. 331-336Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 63.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    On consuming and being consumed1999In: Modernity on a shoestring: dimensions of globalization, consumption and development in Africa and beyond : based on an EIDOS conference held at The Hague, 13-16 March 1997 / [ed] Richard Fardon, Wim M. J. van Binsbergen, Rijk van Dijk, Leiden: EIDOS in association with the African Studies Centre Leiden and the Centre of African Studies London , 1999, p. 13-32Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 64.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Pastoralism in anthropology2001In: International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences: Vol. 16, [New-Per] / [ed] Neil J. Smelser, Paul B. Baltes, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2001, p. 11108-11111Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 65.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Possession as Cure: The Ayaana Cult of Waso Borana1989In: Culture, Experience and Pluralism: Essays on African Ideas of Illness and Healing / [ed] Anita Jacobson-Widding, David Westerlund, Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1989, p. 151-165Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 66.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Reflections in and on the Hall of Mirrors2014In: Anthropology now and next: essays in honor of Ulf Hannerz / [ed] Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Christina Garsten, and Shalini Randeria, New York: Berghahn Books, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 67.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Sociology and Beyond: Agency,  Victimization and the ethics of scientific writing.2009In: Asian Journal of Social Science, ISSN 1568-4849, E-ISSN 2212-3857, Vol. 37, no 3, p. 391-407Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the last decades, development discourse has taken a neo-liberal turn. Parallel to this, the discourse of social science has become more oriented to matters of individual agency. Within the sociological and anthropological literature on development, this emphasis on individual agency is often expressed in terms of an explicit statement taken by the author that s/he wishes to correct an earlier (ethically inferior) emphasis on structure that is assumed to imply that the concerned people are passive victims. Problematising this ethics of scientific writing, this paper will look at various discourses in which the concept of victimhood is used, seeing claims and disclaimers of victimhood as themselves being expressions of agency in a contestation over accountability, responsibility, recognition and possible indemnification or blame.

  • 68.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Sources of life and identity1996In: Being and becoming Oromo: historical and anthropological enquiries / [ed] P.T.W. Baxter, Jan Hultin, Alessandro Triulzi, Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1996, p. 162-177Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Oromo people are one of the most numerous in Africa. Census data are not reliable but there are probably twenty million people whose first language is Oromo and who recognize themselves as Oromo. In the older literature they are often called Galla. Except for a relatively small number of arid land pastoralists who live in Kenya, all homelands lie in Ethiopia, where they probably make up around 40 percent of the total population. Geographically their territories, though they are not always contiguous, extend from the highlands of Ethiopia in the north, to the Ogaden and Somalia in the east, to the Sudan border in the west, and across the Kenyan border to the Tana River in the south.Though different Oromo groups vary considerably in their modes of subsistence and in their local organizations, they share similar cultures and ways of thought.

  • 69.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Structure Agency and Victimization: On the ethics of scientific writing2008In: Asian Journal of Social Science: A Special Issue, ISSN 1568-4849Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 70.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Suffering grass: subsistence and society of Waso Borana1979Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 71.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    The Beja of Sudan and the Famine of 1984-19861991In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 20, no 5, p. 189-191Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Howthe Beja, largely apolitical nomadic pastoralists of northeastern Sudan, perceived their profound misfortunes during the drought of the 1 980s is examined. The famine of 1984-1986 was considered neither to have resulted from their own actions nor to be amenable to alleviation by them-both being functions of God, perhaps acting through the central government. Those Beja who were forced by the famine to abandon their traditional ways appear to be ripe for politicization.

  • 72.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Wildflowers, Nationalism and the Swedish Law of Commons1998In: Worldviews, ISSN 1363-5247, E-ISSN 1568-5357, Vol. 2, no 3, p. 281-302Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In post-war Sweden, overt demonstrations of political nationalism have been considered bad taste. In middle-class culture, the construction and emotional charging of Swedishness have instead taken place in terms of an idiom of love for nature. Conceptions of freedom and equality are by this idiom tied up with symbolic references to childhood and to the flora of forests and meadows. The Swedish 'Every Man's Law' regulating access to flowers and berries and mobility in the natural landscape in this context comes to stand as a central national symbol.

  • 73.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Words as moral badges: A Flow of Buzzwords in Development Aid2007In: Sustainable Development in a Globalized World: Studies in Development, Security and Culture, Volume 1, Palgrave Macmillan , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 74.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Aronsson, Karin
    Kultur, kunskap och vetande1984In: Barn i tid och rum / [ed] Karin Aronsson, Marianne Cederblad, Gudrun Dahl, Lars Olsson, Bengt Sandin, Malmö: Liber, 1984, p. 64-90Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 75.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Bartholdson, Örjan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Favero, Paolo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Khosravi, Shahram
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Modernities on the Move2012Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Tehran, Delhi, Salvador

    The present volume emanates from three studies of youngsters and young adults in three urban contexts in the world: in Tehran in Iran, Delhi in India, and Salvador in Brazil. To them, global as well as local ideas about modernization, traditionalism and authenticity provide frames for interpreting the development of society and evaluating one’s own life.

    The young people that this volume is concerned with were all born in the 1980s. Today they are adults. They all relate to a globalized market of recognition, but also one of potential resources such as attractive commodities, international jobs, local jobs with an international touch, or international support for local activities through the NGO world. Their rod of reference for judging their own life is global. Their sense of time and progress is related to the important developments of their own countries - internally and in relation to the global context - during their own lifespan and possibly that of their parents. Yet, cultural identity is in all the three cases also marked by a relation to ideas about tradition. Becoming modern may also entail redescribing, reinventing and reviving pasts in which the parents’ generation saw little value. The volume as a whole endeavours to give a contribution to the ethnography of varying cultural conceptualisations of modernity.

  • 76.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Danielson, MatsStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
    Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University: 1964-20142014Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 77.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Hjort, Anders
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Having herds: pastoral herd growth and household economy1976Book (Refereed)
  • 78.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Hjort, Anders
    Pastoral change and the role of drought: SAREC report1979Report (Refereed)
  • 79.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Hjort-af-Ornäs, Anders
    Linköping University.
    Precolonial Beja: A periphery at the crossroads2006In: Nordic Journal of African Studies (NJAS), ISSN 1459-9465, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 473-498Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Beja, or Bedawiye, people speaking the Northern Cushitic language called “Bedawiet”, have literally since “time immemorial” occupied the Eastern deserts of Sudan, Egypt and possibly Eritrea. They today consist of the subgroups Ababda, Bishariin, Atmaan/Amar´ar, Hadendowa and sections of the Beni Amer. These subgroups are relatively loosely integrated confederations of endogamous lineages based on assumptions of shared descent and cohabitation in an ancestral territory. In this hot and arid land, where there is little evidence of large-scale climatic change the last 2500 years, they have eked out a livelihood presumably originally as hunters of wild game and gatherers of wild grain, later as herders of small stock in the drier areas and of cattle in the delta lands, combining pastoralism with some take-a-chance cultivation. Some centuries after Christ they also acquired camels and became mounted brigands, guides and sycesin relation to the caravan trade. The present paper is an attempt to trace what can be said about the way larger context of empires, trade routes and security impinged on their lives in pre-colonial times.

  • 80.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Megerssa, Gemetchu
    The Sources of Life: Boran Concepts of Wells and Water1990In: From Water to World-Making: African Models and Arid Lands / [ed] Gísli Pálsson, Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1990, p. 21-38Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 81.
    Dahl, Gudrun
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Stade, Ronald
    Malmö University.
    Introduction: globalization, creolization, and cultural complexity2003In: Global Networks, ISSN 1470-2266, E-ISSN 1471-0374, Vol. 3, no 3, p. 201-206Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This special issue of Global Networks is devoted to the work of Ulf Hannerz, whose research in urban anthropology, media anthropology, and transnational cultural processes has established his international reputation.1 Over the years, this reputationhas earned him many distinctions – he is, for example, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, former Chair of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, and anthropology editor for the new International Enyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Such honours, however, never led to complacence. There has been a steady stream of publications and a continuous series of research projects. Most recently, Hannerz not only completed a study of the work of news media foreign correspondents, which included field research that took him to four continents, he has already started a new research project about the cultural and political dimensions of cosmopolitanism. All this attests to some measure of curiosity and resolve.

  • 82.
    Dahlén, Tommy
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Among the interculturalists: an emergent profession and its packaging of knowledge1997Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 83.
    Edelman, Birgitta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Shunters at work: creating a world in a railway yard1997Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Skills, and particularly manual skills, are often seen as acquired through unquestioning practice and drill. This is an ethnographic account of a group of railway workers, called shunters, who are occupied with the manual task of assembling carriages into trains. It is here claimed that the acquisition of shunting skills is conditioned by the apprentices' preconceived ideas of 'male', manual, outdoor work and by the dynamics of master-apprentice relations. Two different types of learning strategies, adopted by female and male apprentices respectively, are identified. It is claimed that these strategies lead to differential success in advancement at work. In contrast to approaches which see skill as individual mastery of given tasks it is argued that conceptions of skilful work are subject to social construction.

    Since cooperation calls for communication, the communicative aspects of skill come into the fore in this type of high-risk work. Card-playing is studied as an arena for expression of skills related to handling risks at work.

    Team-work, marked by cooperation and uninterrupted fluency, here called 'flow', is ideally based on informal relations and an egalitarian ethos. It is simultaneously thought to presuppose a structured hierarchy of well defined work roles. Team-work is also seen to demand a collective spirit, although idiosyncratic work styles and individualistic behaviour are encouraged. The treatise demonstrates how such contradictory understandings are expressed and mediated in practice, and how they are reconceptualized during a period of uncertainty caused by reorganization and change.

    The work is based on participation as well as participant observation in one of the largest railway yards for passenger trains in Sweden.

  • 84.
    Einarsdóttir, Jónína
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    "Tired of weeping": child death and mourning among Papel mothers in Guinea-Bissau2000Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The study examines the assumption that mothers in poverty stricken areas with high rates of fertility and child mortality will, as a survival strategy, neglect their children, sometimes with a fatal outcome and then fail to mourn their death. The thesis is based on anthropological fieldwork conducted in 1993-98 among the Papel people in Guinea-Bissau, West-Africa. Participant observation, interviewing and surveys were the main methods used. The study emphasises the agency and voices of individual Papel mothers, and their varied experiences, practices and opinions. At the same time it seeks to illuminate women's common patterns of thinking and acting but also the constraints and structures that curtail their choices. The Papel women's situation as wives in a polygamous society is explored as well as their motives for becoming mothers. Birth and breastfeeding practices are examined in the light of maternal bonding theory. The thesis further explores the following questions: Are conceptions of children reflected in childcare practices? Does the way mothers interpret disease and death, and their ideas about afterlife, influence their patterns of healthcare seeking and mourning? What are the local ideas about deviant or disabled children and how are they treated?

    The conclusion of the study is that Papel mothers do not neglect their children in terms of daily care or during illness. Nor do mothers fail to mourn children who die, irrespective of whether they are normal children, favourite children or children suspected to be spirit children, without a human soul. However, mother love is not unilaterally self-sacrificing and unconditional. Mothers emphasise their suffering because they give birth to children, but they expect to become rewarded for their suffering in social, economic and emotional terms. The thesis argues that poverty and high rates of child mortality do not necessarily produce neglectful and non-remorseful mothers. Religion, kinship, and economy shape gender relations and cultural values attributed to reproduction and motherhood, which in turn influence maternal sentiments and practice. Among the Papel, the system of matrilineal descent gives mothers, together with their lineage members, a central role in seeking healthcare for children, whatever the category. Poverty and high expectancy of child mortality contribute to maternal anguish and distress in relation to child delivery, diseases and death, not indifference.

  • 85.
    Ekdahl, Björn
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Up and Run: Ett antropologiskt perspektiv på löpning2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    People sign up for various races in Sweden and internationally. I have participated in the practice of running and I have done twenty-five interviews with runners in Belfast and Stockholm. I have also taken part in a training trip to Portugal. This master's thesis answers the question of individuals' experiences of running and the focus has been the physical and emotional experience runners get from running. From a wider perspective I discuss how running create meaning and identity through emotional and physical experience gained trans- locally. With runners, I mean people who run for their own benefit and not professional runners. What kind of bodily experiences and what emotions raise the run?

    From an anthropological perspective I discuss emotions, which encompass both feelings and meanings of running shared by runners in what I call, with help of Appadurai (1996) a runningscape. The emotions are culturally created in this runningscape, and still perceived as unique to the individual.

    My study is theoretically infused by Gidden’s perspective on lifestyle and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological focus on the body. Merleau-Ponty thoughts on”embodied consciousness”are linked to the anthropological perspective of emotions. The runner and the run with the bodily and emotional experiences clarify the meaning of "embodied consciousness". That creates meaning and identity and affects the choices we make in everyday life.

    In this study, I have been able to identify three types of runners. The first one is ”thinking runners” who put more emphasis on learning everything about technicalities of running. For them the feeling of accomplishment is important. The second is ”feeling-runners” in which the bodily experience of rhythm, body, and a meditative sense is important. The third one is”health-runners” where the responsibilities for their own health are in focus.

    This study has shown that running gives a strong sense of enthusiasm and energy combined with a sense of peace and tranquillity, which combine to create a sense of purpose. I argue that an anthropological perspective based on emotions can in further studies help to discuss the individual's lifestyle choices in everyday life.

    Key words: Emotions, body, runners, running, embodiment, meaning, identity

  • 86.
    Ekman, Ann-Kristin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Community, carnival and campaign: expressions of belonging in a Swedish region1991Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 87.
    Ericson, Deborah
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    In the Stockholm art world1988Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 88. Eriksen Hylland, Thomas
    et al.
    Garsten, ChristinaStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.Randeria, Shalini
    Anthropology now and next: essays in honor of Ulf Hannerz2014Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 89.
    Escobar López, Daniel
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    "Las mujeres despiertas”: el papel del género en el control de un terreno comunal en los Andes peruanos2017In: Revista de Antropología Social, ISSN 1131-558X, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 307-332Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article aims to explore the role of gender relations in the control and use of communal land in a peasant village located in the Peruvian Andes. The context is the current process of acquiring land private deeds, which even though began several years ago, in the region, has been speeded-upby the current plans to build an international airport closed to the village. We will discuss how the emergence of a tourist attraction (El Mirador) and the consequent formation of a female handicraf tassociation has affected the gender configurations of the village and helped to raise women’s political participation.

  • 90.
    Escobar López, Daniel
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    The Shifting Phases of a Commodity: Textiles and Ethnic Tourism on a Lake Titicaca Island2012In: Totem: The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology, ISSN 1925-8542, Vol. 20, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The case study of the island of Taquile in the Peruvian part of Lake Titicaca will be used to explore how textiles functions as intermediaries for social interactions and change and how they respond to demands from ethnic tourism. By using theories of material culture, specifically the analytical approach of "the biography", I aim to shed light on the process by which some textiles in Taquile have passed from being the person’s “second skin” to a commodity responding to ethnic tourism. However, such a process, rather than being contradictory, expresses the capacity of Taquilean culture to adapt the local values to a monetary economy. Taquilean culture is also an agent in these encounters with tourism, impeding the complete commoditization of the textiles.

  • 91.
    Favero, Paolo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    India Dreams: Cultural Identity among Young Middle Class Men in New Delhi2005Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In 1991 the Indian government officially sanctioned the country’s definitive entry into the global market and into a new era.

    This study focuses on the generation that epitomizes this new era and is based on fieldwork among young English-speaking, educated, Delhi-based men involved in occupations such as tourism, Internet, multinationals, journalism and sports. These young men construct their role in society by promoting themselves as brokers in the ongoing exchanges between India and the outer world. Together they constitute a heterogeneous whole with different class-, caste- and regional background. Yet, they can all be seen as members of the ‘middle class’ occupying a relatively privileged position in society. They consider the opening of India to the global market as the key-event that has made it possible for them to live an “interesting life” and to avoid becoming “boring people”.

    This exploration into the life-world of these young men addresses in particular how they construct their identities facing the messages and images that they are exposed to through work- and leisure-networks. They understand themselves and what surrounds them by invoking terms such as ‘India’ and ‘West’, ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’, mirroring the debates on change that have gone on in India since colonization. Yet, they imaginatively re-work the content of these discourses and give the quoted terms new meanings. In their usage ‘being Indian’ is turned into a ‘global’, ‘modern’ and ‘cosmopolitan’ stance while ‘being Westernized’ becomes a marker of ‘backwardness’ and lack of sophistication. Their experiences mark out the popularity of notions of ‘Indianness’ in contemporary metropolitan India.

    The study focuses on how social actors themselves experience their self-identity and how these experiences are influenced by the actors’ involvement with international flows of images and conceptualizations. It will primarily approach cultural identities through labels of belonging to abstract categories with shifting reference (referred to them as ‘phantasms’) such as ‘India’, ‘West’, etc. The study suggests that the ‘import’ of trans-national imagination into everyday life gives birth to sub-cultural formations, new ‘communities of imagination’. Their members share a similar imagination of themselves, of Delhi, their country and the world.

  • 92.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    An African hell of colonial imagination?: The Lord's Resistance Army/Movement in Uganda, another story2008In: Politique Africaine, ISSN 0244-7827, E-ISSN 2264-5047, no 112, p. 119-139Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Lord’s Resistance Army/Movement (LRA/M) in Uganda is now world infamous for its violence. As most observers, including academics, have dismissed the LRA/M on moral grounds, they have disqualified the movement as nonpolitical, rebels without a cause other than their allegedly bizarre syncretic beliefs. This article indicates an alternative or perhaps complementary direction. In presenting something of a rarity in the academic literature on the war in Northern Uganda, the article examines actual LRA/M documents, arguing that there is a continuity in the claims and political grievances put forward by the LRA/M throughout the years.

  • 93.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Child Soldiers in Africa by Alcinda Honwana2008In: Journal of Modern African Studies, ISSN 0022-278X, E-ISSN 1469-7777, Vol. 46, no 1, p. 161-162Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 94.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Culture in Chaos: An Anthropology of the Social Condition in War. Stephen C. Lubkemann2009In: Journal of anthropological research, ISSN 0091-7710, E-ISSN 2153-3806, Vol. 65, no 3, p. 510-512Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 95.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Gendered War and Rumors of Saddam Hussein in Uganda2009In: Anthropology and Humanism, ISSN 1559-9167, E-ISSN 1548-1409, Vol. 34, no 1, p. 61-70Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article discusses the role of rumors in everyday Acholi life in war‐torn northern Uganda. These rumors concern various health threats such as HIV and Ebola. The rumors are closely associated with the forces of domination that are alleged to destroy female sexuality and women's reproductive health and, by extension, Acholi humanity. Moreover, the rumors are stories that say something profound about lived entrapments and political asymmetries in Uganda and beyond.

  • 96.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Inget bistånd är neutralt2008In: Svenska dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 12 decemberArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Vågspel: Humanitärt bistånd kan stjälpa snarare än hjälpa, om man inte sätter sig in i den aktuella problematiken och ställer tydliga och kontinuerliga krav på hur stödet skall användas. I Uganda har den bristande kontrollen bidragit till att cementera ett ickedemokratiskt styre.

  • 97.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Inside West Nile: violence, history and representation on an African frontier by Mark Leopold Oxford, Santa Fe and Kampala: James Currey, School of American Research Press and Fountain Publishers2007In: Journal of Modern African Studies, ISSN 0022-278X, E-ISSN 1469-7777, Vol. 45, no 3, p. 485-486Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 98.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Julie Flint och Alex de Waals, Darfur: Konfliktens bakgrund (Celanders förlag, 2007)2008In: Arena, ISSN 1652-0556, no 1, p. 59-59Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 99.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Living with Bad Surroundings: War, history, and everyday moments in northern Uganda2008Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since 1986, the Acholi people of northern Uganda have lived in the crossfire of a violent civil war, with the Lord’s Resistance Army and other groups fighting the Ugandan government. Acholi have been murdered, maimed, and driven into displacement. Thousands of children have been abducted and forced to fight. Many observers have perceived Acholiland and northern Uganda to be an exception in contemporary Uganda, which has been celebrated by the international community for its increased political stability and particularly for its fight against AIDS. These observers tend to portray the Acholi as war-prone, whether because of religious fanaticism or intractable ethnic hatreds. In Living with Bad Surroundings, Sverker Finnström rejects these characterizations and challenges other simplistic explanations for the violence in northern Uganda. Foregrounding the narratives of individual Acholi, Finnström enables those most affected by the ongoing “dirty war” to explain how they participate in, comprehend, survive, and even resist it.

    Finnström draws on fieldwork conducted in northern Uganda between 1997 and 2006 to describe how the Acholi—especially the younger generation, those born into the era of civil strife—understand and attempt to control their moral universe and material circumstances. Structuring his argument around indigenous metaphors and images, notably the Acholi concepts of good and bad surroundings, he vividly renders struggles in war and the related ills of impoverishment, sickness, and marginalization. In this rich ethnography, Finnström provides a clear-eyed assessment of the historical, cultural, and political underpinnings of the civil war while maintaining his focus on Acholi efforts to achieve “good surroundings,” viable futures for themselves and their families.

  • 100.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Panafrikanism 30002007In: Arena, ISSN 1652-0556, no 2, p. 30-33Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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