Anne Kathrine Larsen
Background and activities
Larsen’s mag.art. 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
- Cultural Heritage
- 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
- (2017) Moving around: How Bedouin villagers in Dubai respond to challenges of urban expansion. Český lid. Etnologický časopis. vol. 104 (2).
- (2013) Levendegjøring av fortid. Museer, spel og kulturløyper. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. vol. 24 (3-4).
- (2010) Staged History in Local Settings. The popular Norwegian spel-tradition. Outlines : Critical Social Studies.
- (2002) Diskurser omkring utvikling i Malaysia. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. vol. 13 (1-2).
- (1997) The Impact of the Islamic Resurgence on the Belief System of the Rural Malays. Temenos.
- (1996) Nyere synspunkter på studiet av slektskap. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. vol. 4.
- (2018) Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty. Lexington Books. 2018. ISBN 978-1-4985-8407-4.
- (1995) THE FAMILY Anthropological Approaches. Festschrift to Professor. 1995. ISBN 82-519-1215-6.
Part of book/report
- (2019) The Staging and Structuring of Ceremonies in a Malay Fishing Village. Expressions of Religion: Ethnography, Performance and the Senses..
- (2018) Conclusion. Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty.
- (2018) Neoliberalism and the Ethnographies of Uncertainty. Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty.
- (2018) Protection as a Strategy: The Response of Bedouin Village Women to the Development of Dubai. Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty.
- (2013) Bygdedager og historiske spel. En feiring av stedet?. Festival! Mellom rølp, kultur og næring.
- (2012) Village Fairs and Rural Adventure Tours in Norway. From Production to Consumption : Transformation of Rural Communities.
- (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.
- (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.
- (2006) Tradition as Reflexive Project in Norway and Malaysia: Witch, Whore, Madonna and Heroine. Cultural Heritages as Reflexive Traditions.
- (2005) Women, Gender, Magic, Fortune Telling and Amulets: Southeast Asia. Encyclopedia of women &islamic cultures.
- (1998) Discourses on development in Malaysia. Anthropological Perspectives on Local Development.
- (1995) Introduction: anthropology and the family. THE FAMILY: Anthropological approaches. Festschrift to Professor Jan Brøgger.