The Fieldnote

Small places, large issues. Politics, society and culture understood through the notes of anthropologists.


From “being a scientist” to “being a curiosity”: a tale amongst egg hunters.
Jan10

From “being a scientist” to “being a curiosity”: a tale amongst egg hunters.

Doing research on the tradition of lapwing egg-hunting in the Netherlands, I was suddenly stripped of all academic cultural capital. A small word had blurred my scientific authority. Being a “Colombian”, I surely must be from a war torn, cocaine growing jungle country far from the modern standards of Dutchness.

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Being cosmopolitans, in the name of Japan!

A fieldnote from Japanese universities (Tokyo, Nagoya, Ibaraki, Fukushima)

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The privilege of staying home

Who has the better deal? The “left-behind wife” or the travelling, bread-winning husband? Reflections about a misconception on gender equality.

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Who is a migrant?

The answer to this question might seem pretty obvious. Everybody claims to know what a migrant is, since migration is an omnipresent issue in media and politics. But is the term really so easily defined? And who defines himself as a migrant?

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Who cares about Selfies? It's the #Otherie, stupid!
Jun30

Who cares about Selfies? It's the #Otherie, stupid!

A fieldnote from Tel Aviv, Israel (July 2014):
People take Selfies, but armies and states in war rely on #Otheries: the one-dimensional focus on the Other, as a target, as an object of war. A note on Othering in the current Israeli military operation against Hamas in Gaza.

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Who cares about Selfies? It’s the #Otherie, stupid!
Jun30

Who cares about Selfies? It’s the #Otherie, stupid!

A fieldnote from Tel Aviv, Israel (July 2014):
People take Selfies, but armies and states in war rely on #Otheries: the one-dimensional focus on the Other, as a target, as an object of war. A note on Othering in the current Israeli military operation against Hamas in Gaza.

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