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Egalitarian Futures Research Group

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The Egalitarian Futures Research Group (EFRG) is globally comparative and located in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen (UiB).

Harnessing long-term research into inequality and egalitarianism—including the successes of the large-scale ERC Advanced Grant project “Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons” led by Prof. Bruce Kapferer from 2014 to 2019—the Egalitarian Futures Research Group (EFRG) explores the futures, temporalities and possibilities of egalitarianism. It does so also drawing on ongoing and past research which map and analyze historical and contemporary dynamics related to egalitarianism.

Beyond being organized by an Executive Committee and fuelled by its active members at UiB and beyond, EFRG is also affiliated with several research projects, including Common Ends, Enclaving: Patterns of global futures in three African cities, and Human Futures.

Publications
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Recent publications from the Egalitarian Futures Research Group

During the recent years, the researchers of the Egalitarian Futures Research Group and the previous “Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons” project have produced an impressive number of important publications.

The UiB Magazine interview
Professor Bruce Kapferer

Bruce Kapferer: Exploring the true nature of inequality

With the pioneering Egalitarianism project, Professor Bruce Kapferer wanted to challenge conventions in anthropology and to redefine how inequality is viewed.

New publication
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New Publication: “After the Pink Tide: Corporate State Formation and New Egalitarianisms in Latin America”

This recent publication by editors Marina Gold and Alessandro Zagato, affiliated researchers of the Egalitarian Futures Research Group (EFRG), investigates the state of egalitarianism and the corporate state formation in Latin America after the Pink Tide movement.

ERC ADVANCED GRANT
ECONOMY UNBALANCED: Activist groups, such as the Occupy movement, are vocal in their protest against inequality and the increasing gap between rich and poor in many Western economies.

Equality in crisis

How does greater inequality create dividing lines in society? That is one of the central issues in Professor Bruce Kapferer’s new research project.

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Professor Annelin Eriksen, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen (UiB), photographed in July 2018.

The drama of cultural change

What happens when the basic values and social mechanism of society are challenged? And how does change influence how we view ourselves as human beings? This is at the heart of a new anthropological project at the University of Bergen.