Background and activities

Larsen’s thesis (University of Oslo, 1981) was based on fieldwork in a rural Norwegian hamlet. A major objective was to reveal the underlying social structure in the community and how this conditioned the relationship between farmers and demanded subtleness of interaction. These processes and dynamics were discussed through role theory. Her Ph.D. dissertation (University of Trondheim, 1993) focused on the world view of Malay fishermen. Central questions in this study were why and how pre-Islamic beliefs continue to exist among the Malays in spite of pressures towards Islamic orthodoxy. Larsen has also worked in regional planning (with UNDP/UNDTCD) both in South East Asia and in the Middle East (1982-86). She is thus concerned with applied anthropology, especially in the area of regional planning. Larsen is moreover involved in research within medical anthropology, more specifically on the understandings of health and well-being among the local population in the United Arab Emirates. Another research interest is cultural heritage, and how it establishes itself in a range of contemporary institutions in Norway, like village festivals and historical plays. Larsen also holds an interest in methodological questions such as anthropology and autobiography.

  • Local Communities
  • Development Anthropology
  • World Views
  • Medical Anthropolgy
  • Methodology
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Norway
  • South East Asia
  • Middle East


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Fyhn, Håkon; Aspen, Harald; Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2018) Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty. Lexington Books. 2018. ISBN 978-1-4985-8407-4.
  • Aspen, Harald; Dahl-Jørgensen, Carla; Erring, Bjørn Bauck; Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (1995) THE FAMILY Anthropological Approaches. Festschrift to Professor. 1995. ISBN 82-519-1215-6.

Part of book/report

  • Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2019) The Staging and Structuring of Ceremonies in a Malay Fishing Village. Expressions of Religion: Ethnography, Performance and the Senses..
  • Fyhn, Håkon; Aspen, Harald; Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2018) Conclusion. Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty.
  • Fyhn, Håkon; Aspen, Harald; Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2018) Neoliberalism and the Ethnographies of Uncertainty. Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty.
  • Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2018) Protection as a Strategy: The Response of Bedouin Village Women to the Development of Dubai. Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty.
  • Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2013) Bygdedager og historiske spel. En feiring av stedet?. Festival! Mellom rølp, kultur og næring.
  • Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2012) Village Fairs and Rural Adventure Tours in Norway. From Production to Consumption : Transformation of Rural Communities.
  • Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2010) Some Reflections on the 'Enchantments' of Village Life, or Whose Story is This?. The Ethnographic Self as a Resource : Writing Memory and Experience into Ethnography.
  • Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2010) The status of 'non-existing' knowledge: how I came to share some aspects of Malay cosmology. Mutuality and Empathy : Self and Other in the Ethnographic Encounter.
  • Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2006) Tradition as Reflexive Project in Norway and Malaysia: Witch, Whore, Madonna and Heroine. Cultural Heritages as Reflexive Traditions.
  • Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (2005) Women, Gender, Magic, Fortune Telling and Amulets: Southeast Asia. Encyclopedia of women &islamic cultures.
  • Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (1998) Discourses on development in Malaysia. Anthropological Perspectives on Local Development.
  • Aspen, Harald; Larsen, Anne Kathrine. (1995) Introduction: anthropology and the family. THE FAMILY: Anthropological approaches. Festschrift to Professor Jan Brøgger.