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Thomas Hylland Eriksen (born 1962) is professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo. He has done field work in Trinidad and Mauritius. His fields of research include identity, nationalism, globalisation and identity politics. Eriksen finished his dr. polit.-degree in 1991, and was made professor in 1995, at the age of 33. In the years 1993-2001 he was editor of the journal Samtiden.

A considerable portion of Eriksen's work has focused on popularizing social anthropology and conveying basic cultural relativism as well as criticism of Norwegian nationalism in the Norwegian public debate. He has written the basic textbook used in the introductory courses in social anthropology at most Scandinavian universities. The book, "Small Places -- Large Issues" in English, is also used in introductory courses in many other countries, and has been widely translated, as has his other major textbook, "Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives". Eriksen is a frequent contributor of newspaper pieces in Scandinavia and is a highly popular public speaker.

Eriksen has been a minor political candidate for the Norwegian Liberal Party.[1]

Since 2004, Eriksen has directed an interdisciplinary research programme, Cultural Complexity in the New Norway (CULCOM), at the University of Oslo. In a programmatic statement, he said that a main goal was to "redraw the map of Norway" to make it fit the new transnational, complex and globalised realities.

Selected works in English

  • Ethnicity And Nationalism (1993/2002)
  • Small Places -- Large Issues (1995/2001)
  • Common Denominators: Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Politics of Compromise in Mauritius (1998)
  • A History Of Anthropology (2001, with F. S. Nielsen)
  • Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow Time in the Information Age (2001)
  • Globalisation: Studies in Anthropology (2003, ed.)
  • What Is Anthropology? (2004)
  • Engaging Anthropology (2006)
  • Globalization: The Key Concepts (2007)
  • Flag, Nation and Identity in Europe and America (2007, ed. w/Richard Jenkins)
  • Paradoxes of Cultural Recognition (2009, ed. w/Halleh Ghorashi and Sharam Alghasi)

External links

The EU and the Globalist Alliance *[1] - free online text

  1. ^ Statistics Norway (2005). "Storting Election 2005. Official electoral lists, by county". Storting Election 2005. http://www.ssb.no/emner/00/01/10/stortingsvalg/tab-2005-10-27-18.html. Retrieved 2007-01-02.  
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