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Tag: Society

  • ‘Ordinary people’ and the problem of populism

    ‘Ordinary people’ and the problem of populism

    In his blog series, anthropologist Paul Mepschen sets out to make sense of populism. Who is this ‘ordinary person’, so often mentioned in election coverage about populist leaders? Based on his dissertation Everyday autochthony (2016), this is part one.
  • Ethnography and the work of the ancestors

    Ethnography and the work of the ancestors

    Fieldwork makes one think again about one’s own society. This blog is about how fieldwork taught me what ancestors mean in South Africa and forced me to think again about attitudes to ancestors in Europe.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • One of us: Tarik Z. and Conspiracy Culture

    One of us: Tarik Z. and Conspiracy Culture

    Should we view Tarik Z., who tried to hold the Dutch national television news hostage, as a would-be terrorist? To me, he represents something more humdrum, ordinary, and closer to home: latter-day conspiracy thinking.
  • 14.8%

    14.8%

    Before the millenium the Netherlands had one of the lowest percentages of female full professors in the world. What has changed since then and what does it tell us about gender equality in academia?
  • Economy as pseudo-nature: what’s the problem?

    Economy as pseudo-nature: what’s the problem?

    Economists make a mistake when they make us belief that the economy is a natural force. Economy is not nature. There is no economy outside of human relations, except maybe for monkeys grooming each other. Economy is society and culture.