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  • Learning and belonging in ladies-only kickboxing

    Learning and belonging in ladies-only kickboxing

    Kickboxing has been promoted to young Muslim and Moroccan-Dutch women as a tool for empowerment. How can we understand their participation in sports? How are their practices influenced by dominant discourses, policies, and media on the female Muslim body?
  • Moved by the Spirit: Sensing the Divine in a Dutch Pentecostal Church

    Moved by the Spirit: Sensing the Divine in a Dutch Pentecostal Church

    Annelise Reid | | 0
    God is disappearing from the Netherlands, according to a 2016 survey. But this is misleading. New religious movements such as Pentecostalism are growing worldwide. For my MA, I made a film about 3 months’ fieldwork in a Dutch Pentecostal community.
  • Culture: Public or Private?

    Culture: Public or Private?

    Looking at the present situation in many countries we have the impression that culture, museums and heritage have always been state financed affairs. Yet, historical reality might offer us a different picture.
  • The anthropologist and the key

    The anthropologist and the key

    This year’s ‘Veldwerk NL’ students revealed the importance of the key in anthropological research. It not only symbolises access, it creates possibilities to break down prejudices and pave the way to constructive human interaction.
  • Humour: a threat to society?

    Humour: a threat to society?

    The more you think about humour, the more complex it becomes. Humour can be both insulting and complimentary, both escalating and de-escalating, both relaxed and tense. It exploits stereotypes and sweeps them aside. Is humour a potential threat to society?
  • Keep It Clean Day! Your contribution to a cleaner ocean

    Keep It Clean Day! Your contribution to a cleaner ocean

    It is Keep It Clean Day! The area that really could do with a good cleanup is our ocean and beaches. Large research studies now focus on the ‘plastic soup’, and local initiatives are equally encouraging. In Dutch we even have a new word: Grondstofjutten.
  • Resource wars and Public Anthropology

    Resource wars and Public Anthropology

    Extraction of subterranean wealth is a hot issue in the Netherlands, and elsewhere. How do we anthropologists contribute to the field of research and the public debate on mineral and gas extraction?
  • When dreams shape our day

    When dreams shape our day

    Dreams appear only to the individual, but seem to come from a source outside our social selves. Do we allow them to shape our days? Comparing Dutch and Kyrgyz social contexts, we understand how profoundly cultural these processes are.