The rise of humanities in the new economy

Skills from human and social science are asked for because they produce value. Export companies ask for students with language skills and cultural knowledge, consulting companies ask for project managers with great communication skills, food producers hire cultural analysts that understand consumerism.

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So close, so far away
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So close, so far away

Tangier, Morocco (March 2013)

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Gone! When cultures disappear…

Jimmy Nelson shows vanishing tribes all over the world. His stunning photos are going viral at the moment. Yet another fetish for “the other”?

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No culture without power

“Practices like female genital mutilation tend to occur in situations where women have been the ones with less power and men have had more power. You may say, well, female genital mutilation is part of their culture – which suggests that they have agreed on this. I have my doubts. Because I frequently think that culture is involved in a power equation. If you change the power equation, are you really going to find all the people – men, women, young, old – still wanting to stick to these customs?”

Ulf Hannerz about anthropology, politics, and culture.

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Politics and power in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp

Jordan’s Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees is now the fourth largest population centre in the country. As the settlement is slowly transforming into something much more permanent, humanitarian relief agencies become increasingly involved in the political government of the camp population, not without resistance.

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Politics and power in Jordan’s Za'atari refugee camp

Jordan’s Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees is now the fourth largest population centre in the country. As the settlement is slowly transforming into something much more permanent, humanitarian relief agencies become increasingly involved in the political government of the camp population, not without resistance.

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