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Department of Social Anthropology

"Anthropology is art" says social anthropologist Andrew Lattas.

"Anthropology is art" says social anthropologist Andrew Lattas. "It is like being a novelist, putting yourself in another character's position and see the world".

The film is a glimpse of Lattas' long standing work in Papua New Guinea. He immaculately describes the kindness and imagination of people who are really poor, and their understanding of poverty in terms of their own experiences of race, class and colonialism. Sensitivity and empathy is important, as well as comedy and humor. “If you don’t have humor it’s really hard".

NEWS | GLOBAL CHALLENGES

New focus area successfully launched

The Faculty of Social Sciences contributes strongly within all three pillars of the focus area Global Challenges: global health, inequality and migration.

RESEARCHERS TO WATCH

Dealing with the future of energy

In her new project, social anthropologist Anna Szolucha wants to look at citizen engagement in climate and energy transformation. In particular, she asks: how do you involve people from the bottom and up?

Research in front

Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons

Egalitarianism and Experimentation in a new Global Reality.

publications

NEW BOOK: Against Exoticism: Toward the Transcendence of Relativism and Universalism in Anthropology

Professor Bruce Kapferer, at the Egalitarianism project and Professor Dimitrios Theodossopoulos from the University of Kent, have recently published a new edited book.

RESEARCH IN FRONT

Identifying new class inequalities

Professor Don Kalb will establish a research group to do research on the escalating contradictions of the new global capitalism in China, the global South and Europe.