Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Thomas Hylland Eriksen has for many years studied, and written about, identity politics, ethnicity, nationalism and globalisation from a comparative perspective. He has also published popular books, textbooks, polemical books and essays on a variety of topics.

From 2004 to 2010, Eriksen directed the UiO Strategic Research Programme CULCOM (Cultural Complexity in the New Norway). From 2010 to 2013, he directed ‘the Alna project’, an interdisciplinary project focusing on place and conditions for belonging in new suburb in eastern Oslo.

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Since the turn of the millennium, his main publications in English include two books about globalisation (Globalisation – Studies in Anthropology and Globalization: The Key Concepts), a book about anthropology and the public sphere (Engaging Anthropology) and (as co-editor) A World of Insecurity, about human security as an anthropological concept. His textbooks in social and cultural anthropology, especially What is Anthropology?, Small Places, Large Issues and Ethnicity and Nationalism, are still being translated into new languages, and are being read by students across the world. His Fredrik Barth: An Intellectual Biography was published in 2015.

In the period 2001–2011, Eriksen wrote a series of four books about unintended consequences of modernity. Tyranny of the Moment was published simultaneously in Norwegian and English; the others, dealing with identity, happiness and waste, have not been publised in English.

As from 2012, he primarily works on the ERC funded research project Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalisation’. The first book from the project is Overheating: An anthropology of accelerated change (2016).

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Published May 25, 2011 1:34 PM - Last modified Nov. 9, 2016 2:39 PM