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Ørnulf T. Gulbrandsen

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  • E-mailOrnulf.Gulbrandsen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 92 71+47 481 62 680
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    Fosswinckelsgt. 6
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    Postboks 7802
    5020 BERGEN

Selected publications

2012. The State and the Social. State formation in Botswana and its Precolonial and Colonial Genealogies. New York/Oxford: Berghahn.

2007. Town-state formations on the edge of the Kalahari: Social cultural dynamics of centralization in Northern Tswana kingdoms. Social Analysis: Journal of cultural and social practice, 51 (3): 55-77.

2006. 'Det sørlige Afrika', i S. Howell and M. Melhuus (red.), Fjern og nær. Sosialantropologiske perspektiver på verdens samfunn og kulturer, ss.127-155, Oslo: Ad Notam-Gyldendal.

2003. The discourse of ‘ritual murder': Popular reactions to political leaders in Botswana, i B. Kapferer (red.), Beyond Rationalism: Rethinking Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books. Også publisert 2002 i Social Analysis: Journal of cultural and social practice, 46 (3): 215-234.

2002. The tragedy of the commons: collective resources and individual interests, i S. Ugelvik Larsen (red.), Theory and Method in Social Sciences, ss. 197-215, New York: Columbia University Press. (Også å finne i kinesiske, russiske og tyske oversettelser/utgaver.)

2001. Christianity in an African context: On the inadequacy of the notion of sacred/secular divide. Journal of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, 3 (1): 31-59.

1999. Almenningens tragedie, i S. Ugelvik Larsen (red.), Lov og struktur, ss. 164-179, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

1997. Africa South, i A. Barnard and J. Spencer (red.), Encyclopedic Dictionary of Social and Culural Anthropology. London: Routledge

1996. Living their lives in courts: The counter-hegemonic force of the Tswana kgotla, i O. Harris (red.), Inside and Outside the Law, ss. 125-156, London: Routledge.

1996. Poverty in the Midst of Plenty. Socio-Economic Marginalization, Ecological Deterioration and Political stability in a Tswana Society, Bergen: Norse Publications.

1995. ‘The king is king by the grace of the people.' Control and exercise of power in subject-ruler relations. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 37 (3) 415-455.

1993. The rise of the North-Western Tswana kingdoms: On the socio-cultural dynamics of interaction between internal relations and external forces. Africa. Journal of the International African Institute, 63: (4): 550-582.

1993. Missionaries and Northern Tswana rulers: who used whom? Journal of Religion in Africa, 23 (1): 44-83.

1991. Pastorale sivilisasjoner. Økologi og politikk på Kalaharis bredd. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift, 2 (2): 119-139.

1991. On the problem of egalitarianism: the Kalahari San in transition, in R. Grønhaug, G. Henriksen and G. Håland (red.), The Ecology of Choice and Symbol. Essays in Honour of Fredrik Barth, ss. 81-111, Bergen: Alma Mater.

1989. Material and symbolic aspects of changing property relations in a Tswana society, i P. Baxter and R. Hogg (red.), Changing Property Relations in Pastoral Societies, ss. 164-182, Manchester: University of Manchester.

1988. Belønning og mening i arbeidsforhold, i O. Brox og M. Gullestad (red.), På norsk grunn. Sosialantropologiske studier av Norge, nordmenn og det norske, ss. 36-58, Oslo: Notabene.

1986. To marry - or not to marry. Marital strategies and sexual relations in a Tswana Society. Ethnos, 51: 1, 7 28.

1986. When land becomes scarce. Land Tenure Transformations in Eastern Botswana, Bergen: Norse Publications.

1985. Access to Agricultural Land and Communal Land Management in Eastern Botswana. Madison: The Land Tenure Centre.

1984. Tørkekatastrofe: Tilfellet Botswana, i A. Hjort och M. Ståhl (red.), Katastrof och Samhälle i Afrika, Uppsala: Det Nordiske Afrikainstituttet.

1983. "Vi" og "bedriften". Om forholdet mellom arbeiderkollektivets forutsetninger og fremtredelsesformer, i M. Hoel og B. Hvinden (red.), Kollektivteori og sosiologi, ss. 63-87, Oslo: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag.

1980. Agro Pastoral Production and Communal Land Use. A Socio Economic Study of the Bangwaketse, Gaborone: Botswana Government Press.

1976. Samarbeidsideologi og interessekonflikt. Analyse av forholdet mellom bedrift og fagorganisasjon, Oslo: ISO.

Books
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2014. The State and The Social. State Formation in Botswana and its Precolonial and Colonial Genealogies. Foreword by Bruce Kapferer. Revised paperback issue. Berghahn Books. 372 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78238-325-3.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2012. The State and the Social. State Formation in Botswana and its Precolonial and Colonial Genealogies. Foreword by Bruce Kapferer. Berghahn Books. 356 pages. ISBN: 978-0-85745-297-9.
  • Minnich, Robert Gary; Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf; Knudsen, John Chr. 1998. Homesteaders and Citizens: Collective identity formation on the Austro-Italian-Slovene frontier. 283 pages. ISBN: 82-7855-006-9.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1996. Poverty in the Midst of Plenty. Socio-Economic Marginalization, Ecological Deterioration and Political Stability in a Tswana Society. 437 pages. ISBN: 82-7855002-6.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1986. When Land Becomes Scarce: Access to Agricultural Land and Communal Land Management in Eastern Botswana. 127 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1976. Samarbeidsideologi og interessekonflikt. Analyse av forholdet mellom bedrift og fagorganisasjon. 311 pages.
Journal articles
  • Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge; Rio, Knut; Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf; Smedal, Olaf H. 2014. Editor's note. Social Analysis: Journal of Cultural and Social Practice. 58: v-v. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/sa.2014.580301
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2007. Town-state formations on the edge of the Kalahari: On the socio-cultural dynamics of centralization in Northern Tswana kingdoms. Social Analysis: Journal of Cultural and Social Practice. 51: 55-77.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2002. The discourse of 'ritual murder'. Popular reaction to political leaders in Botswana. Social Analysis: Journal of Cultural and Social Practice. 46: 215-233.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2001. Christianity in an African context: On the inadequacy of the notion of a sacred/secular divide. Bulletin of the Royal Institute of Inter-Faith Studies. 3: 31-57.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1995. The King is King by the Grace of the People: The Exercise and Control of Power in Subject-Ruler Relations. Comparative Studies in Society and History. 37: 415-444.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1993. Missionaries and northern Tswana rulers: Who used whom? Journal of Religion in Africa. XXIII: 44-83.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1993. The rise of the North-Western Tswana kingdoms: On the socio-cultural dynamics of interaction between internal relations and external forces. Africa. 63: 550-582.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1991. Pastorale sivilisasjoner. Økologi og politikk på Kalaharis bredd. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 2: 119-139.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1986. To marry - or not to marry: marital strategies and sexual relations in a Tswana society. Ethnos. 51: 7-28.
Reports and theses
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2015. Tswana value principles of consultation, transparency and all-inclusive democracy with reference to the relationship between kgosi and the People. Expert witness report to the South Africa High Court, North West District, 14 Dec. 2015. Legal Resource Centre in South Africa,, Johannesburg Branch, Johannesburg, South Africa. 17 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2015. Tswana value principles of consultation, transparency and all-inclusive democracy with reference to the relationship between the Kgosi (king) and the people. UiB. 23 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2013. Reconciliation versus Revenge. Contrasting Cultural Orientations in Southern Africa and Southern Europe. Department of Social Anthropology, Univ. of Bergen., Bergen, Norway. 36 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2011. Trust, fear and hidden exercise of political power:Sardo and Tswana compared. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway, Bergen, Norway. 27 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2008. The Capturing State. On the Formation of the Post-Colonial State in Botswana. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Bergen. 367 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2008. When a Tswana Chiefdom Challenges the State: Issues of Sovereignty in Post-Colonial Botswana. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Bergen. 35 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2008. The Rise and Fall of a Major African Land Reform. On Botswana's Tribal Grazing Land Policy. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Bergen. 95 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1997. Space and socio-political order. On the transformations of Tswana ide ntities. UiB-SV: Institutt for sosialantropologi.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1997. Syncretism and anti-syncretism. Religion and power in a Tswana chiefd om. UiB-SV: Institutt for sosialantropologi.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1990. Report to Norad on Botswana's Accelerated Remote Area Development Programme. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Bergen/Gaborone. 43 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1987. Privilege and Responsibility: On transformations of hierarchical relations in a Tswana society. Dr.philos. avhandling, Universitetet i Bergen.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1987. Privilege and responsibility : on transformations of hierarchical relations in a Tswana society.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1986. Botswana Remote Area Development Programme. Evaluation and programme planning. Norwegian Agency for International Development, Oslo. 289 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf; Lexow, Janne; Karlsen, Marit. 1986. Botswana Remote Area Development Programme. Evaluation and programme planning. Government of Botswana/Norwegian Agency for International Development, Gaborone, Oslo. 276 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1985. Access to Agricultural Land and Communal Land Management in Eastern Botswana. Land Tenure Centre. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 80 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1980. Agro-Pastoral Production and Communal Land Use. A Socio-Economic Study of the Bangwaketse of Botswana. Government Press, Gaborone. 254 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1980. Evaluation of Village Development Programme in Botswana. NORAD, Gaborone. 138 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1979. Land scarcity processes. On the Bangwaketse land use pattern and the land tenure policies of the Botswana Government. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Bergen.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1977. On the System of Mahisa. Report to Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Botswana. Ministry of Agriculture, Goverment of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana. 26 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1977. Report on Group-Formation in the Ngwaketse to the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Botswana. Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana. 25 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1976. Om utviklingsproblemer i Botswanas savanneområder. Sosialantropologisk institutt, Universitetet i Bergen, Bergen. 51 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1974. Samarbeidsideologi og Interessekonflikt. Analyse av arbeiderintersser og bedriftsmålsettinger ved Årdal Verk. Sosialantropogisk Institutt, Universitetet i Bergen, Bergen. 250 pages.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1972. Sosialantropologiske perspektiver på samfunnsplanlegging. Om anvendelse av generativ prosessanalyse, Sosialantropologisk institutt, Universitetet i Bergen. Sosialantropologisk institutt, Universitetet i Bergen, Bergen. 86 pages.
Book sections
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2003. Die Tragödie der Allmenne:Gemeinschaftliche Ressourcen und individuelle Interessen. 12, pages 201-219. In:
    • Ugelvik Larsen, Stein. 2003. Theorien und Methoden in den Sozialwissenschaften. ISBN: 3-531-13995-9.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2003. The Discourse of 'Ritual Murder': Popular Reactions to Political Leaders in Botswana. Chapter 8, pages 198-215. In:
    • Kapferer, Bruce. 2003. Beyond Rationalism. Rethinking, Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery. Berghahn Books. 270 pages. ISBN: 1-57181-418-3.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 2002. The Tragedy of the Commons. 12, pages 197-215. In:
    • Uglevik Larsen, Stein. 2002. Theory and Methods in the Social Sciences. Columbia University Press. ISBN: 0-88033-990-X.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1999. Almenningens tragedie. 164-178. In:
    • 1999. Teori og metode i samfunnsfaga. Det Norske Samlaget. ISBN: 82-521-5430-1.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1996. Living their lives in courts: The counter-hegemonic force of the Tswana kgotla in a colonial context. 125-156. In:
    • 1996. Inside and Outside the Law, Anthropological Studies of Authority and Ambiguity. Routledge. ISBN: 0-415-12928-1.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1996. Africa South. In:
    • Barnard, A.; Spencer, J. 1996. Encyclopedic Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1994. Det sørlige Afrika. 4, pages 123-148. In:
    • Howell, S.; Melhuus, M. 1994. Fjern og nær. Sosialantropologiske perspektiver på verdens samfunn og kulturer.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1991. The published works of Fredrik Barth. 25, pages 445-451. In:
    • Grønhaug, Reidar; Haaland, Gunnar; Henriksen, Georg. 1991. The Ecology of Choice and Symbol. Essays in Honour of Fredrik Barth. 451 pages. ISBN: 8241900651.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1991. On the problem of egalitarianism: the Kalahari San in Transition. 5, pages 81-111. In:
    • Grønhaug, Reidar; Haaland, Gunnar; Henriksen, Georg. 1991. The Ecology of Choice and Symbol. Essays in Honour of Fredrik Barth. 451 pages. ISBN: 8241900651.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1990. Belønning og mening i arbeidsforhold. 123-137. In:
    • Brox, Ottar; Gullestad, Marianne. 1990. På norsk grunn. Sosialantropologiske studier av Norge, nordmenn og det norske. ISBN: 82-417-0005-9.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1990. Material and symbolic aspects of changing property relations in a Tswana society. 164-182. In:
    • Baxter, Paul T.W.; Hogg, Richard. 1990. Property, Poverty and People: Changing Property Relations in Pastoral Societies.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1984. Tørkekatastrofe : Tilfellet Botswana. In:
    • Hjort, A.; Ståhl, M. 1984. Katastrof och Samhälle i Afrika.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1983. "Vi" og "bedriften". Om forholdet mellom arbeiderkollektivets forutsetninger og fremtredelsesformer. 63-87. In:
    • Hoel, Marit; Hvinden, Bjørn. 1983. Kollektivteori og sosiologi. Festskrift til Sverre Lysgaard. ISBN: 82-05-14327-7.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1982. Exhausted bodies and esteemed brains. Employment relations as exchange systems. In:
    • Grønhaug, Reidar. 1982. Sign and Scarcity.
  • Gulbrandsen, Ørnulf. 1974. Om begrensninger på en fagorganisasjons utviklingsmuligheter. 3, pages . In:
    • Lysgaard, Sverre. 1974. Årdalsprojektet. NIBR/ISO, Oslo. 239 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

- Challenging the state
- 'For and against the state: a comparative study of state-society relations in Botswana and Italy.'
- On the continued significance of patrimonialism: A comparative study of the relationship between premodern and modern political structures with a particular reference to issue of legitimacy and power abuse in Botswana and Italy.
- Challenging sovereignty: interdependence and contradictions in the relationship between the modern state and indigenous kingdoms in post-colonial Botswana in perspective of African failed states.
- Reconciliation versus revenge: explorations of socio-political implications of radically different cultural orientations - Sardo and Tswana compared.