The Fieldnote

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


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!
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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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Broadcasting Swissness

Looking at the letters from the listeners of Swiss Radio International can help us to understand the effects media has in how the image of a nation is constructed.

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Getting to know my neighbours in the shadow of war

A fieldnote from Jaffa, Israel/Palestine (January 2014)

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What a woman should be like

A fieldnote from a hairdressing salon in Munich, Germany (December 2013)

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