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Holding Worlds Together: Ethnographies of Knowing and Belonging

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Holding Worlds Together

Ethnographies of Knowing and Belonging

Edited by Marianne Elisabeth Lien and Marit Melhuus
Afterword by Bruce Kapferer

256 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-250-6 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2007)

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Studies of globalization tend to foreground movements, mobilities or flows, while structures that remain stable and unchanged are often ignored. This volume foregrounds the latter. Discarding the term “globalization” for analytic purposes, this volume suggests that the significance of globalizing processes is best understood as an experiential, imaginary and epistemological dimension in people’s lives. The authors explore how meaningful relations are made when the “socially local is not necessarily the geographically near” and how connections are made and unmade that reach beyond the specificity of time and place. Finally, this volume is about the ways knowledge and received wisdom are challenged and recast through processes of re-scaling, and how the understanding of locality and identity are transformed as a result.

Marianne Elisabeth Lien is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and has done research on food, consumption, economic anthropology, aquaculture and biomigration. Publications include Marketing and Modernity (1997) and the co-edited volume The Politics of Food (2004). She is head of the research program “Transnational Flows of Concepts and Substances” (Norwegian Research Council).

Marit Melhuus is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. She has worked in Argentina and Mexico, and published extensively on issues of development, economic anthropology, gender, and morality, including a co-edited volume Machos, Mistresses, Madonnas. Contesting the Power of Latin American Gender Imagery (1996). She served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1999 – 2002.

Subject: Theory and Methodology



by Bruce Kapferer

List of figures

Chapter 1. Introduction
Marianne E. Lien and Marit Melhuus

Chapter 2. Trust and reciprocity in Transnational flows
Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Chapter 3. Imagined kin, place and community: Some paradoxes in the transnational movement of children in adoption
Signe Howell

Chapter 4. Procreative imaginations. When experts disagree on the meanings of kinship
Marit Melhuus

Chapter 5. Family tracings. Global gazes of Norwegian-American genealogies
Sarah Lund

Chapter 6. The understanding of migration and the discourse of nationalism. Dominicans in New York City
Christian Krohn-Hansen

Chapter 7. Weeding Tasmanian bush. Biomigration and landscape imagery
Marianne E. Lien

Chapter 8. Epochs of scale-making in Papua
Eric Hirsch

Chapter 9. Standardised uniqueness. Rearticulating identiy in a Norwegian town
Erik Henningsen

Chapter 10. Arresting mobility or locating expertise: ‘Globalisation’ and the ‘knowledge society’
Penny Harvey

Notes on contributors

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