Categorie archief: Globalisering & Ontwikkeling

Time to look at girls differently

By Sophie Pape            Are you happy with your life? The way you have constructed it? What if you were born in another country? Would it be the same? It is likely that it will be quite different. Questions like these popped up while watching the documentary Time to look at girls: Migrants in Bangladesh and Ethiopia, which was shown by Marina de Regt during the EASA Anthropology of Children and Youth Seminar on 19 November 2015. Since June 2009, this EASA Network organizes monthly meetings, which bring together students,researchers, NGOs and policy makers working with children and youth (

The documentary details the lives of four girls: two living in Bangladesh where they worked in a garment factory and two living in Ethiopia where they worked in the sex industry. These girls were my age (in their twenties) or younger and had to make choices I – most likely – will never have to make. But what if I had been in their position? Would I have made the same choices?

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Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Festival 2015


A whole day of screenings and discussions with anthropologists and film-makers organised by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


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What war? Whose war?

Internal changes must come about. © Cindy Cornett Seigle, via creative commons.

By Thijl Sunier The day after the attacks in Paris, the French President François Hollande declared war to Islamic State. In the Netherlands, Prime Minister Mark Rutte also declared that ‘we are now at war’. Not with Islam, he added.

What bewilders me is that these declarations suggest that we are only now dragged into a conflict we supposedly have no part in. Baffling and indeed cynical. The Taliban, al Qaeda and Islamic State are monsters that the West and Russia have co-created in a decades-long struggle for power, influence and resources. This war has already started a long time ago at the cost of many thousands of innocent victims primarily in the region itself and the West has been involved in this right from the beginning. Lees verder

Fortress Europe continues to treat migrants as criminals

Dimitris Dalakoglou, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Antonios Alexandridis, University of Sussex

The European Union, one of the strongest economies in the world and home to some of the most advanced state apparatuses in human history, is preparing to shut down its borders, one after the other, because it can’t cope with the number of refugees arriving from war in the Middle East. These same institutions were of course able to find the resources to finance an expensive military operation on the European sea borders against the same refugees.

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Ervaringen of aanvaringen met het toerisme? Hmong vrouwen in Vietnam

Hmong women

Hmong vrouwen op Coc Ly markt, Vietnam. © Brian Snelson, via creative commons.

Door Freek Colombijn            Op maandag 5 oktober promoveerde Lê Thị Đan Dung op een onderzoek naar Hmong vrouwen in Vietnam. De Hmong vormen een etnische minderheid in het Vietnamese hoogland. De Vietnamese staat heeft hen erkend als een van de etnische groepen met een interessante cultuur waar toeristen naar toe mogen (en moeten). Aangespoord door de Vietnamese staat en particuliere reisorganisaties trekken inderdaad zowel Vietnamese als buitenlandse toeristen naar het hoogland. De vraag is in hoeverre de Hmong zelf beter worden van het toerisme.

Lê Thị Đan Dung probeert deze vraag voor de Hmong vrouwen te beantwoorden. Zij zitten op minstens twee manieren aan de verkeerde kant van de samenleving. De Hmong zijn een patriarchale samenleving, waarin vrouwen relatief weinig autonomie hebben. Bovendien wordt er op de Hmong en andere etnische minderheden in het hoogland neergekeken door de Kinh, de etnische meerderheid die vooral in het kustland woont en de meeste politieke macht heeft.

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Purikura: a ‘kawaii’ phenomenon in Tokyo

by Sophie Vilé

On the 26th of June, I handed in my Master’s thesis at the department Social and Cultural Anthropology. I have written my thesis about socalled kawaii girls in Japanese society. Kawaii girls are girls with a cute, loveable and childish fashion style and behaviour. The kawaii fashion style exists of fluffy, frilly, pink and pastel colours clothes and accessories, such as stuffed animals and multiple bows. Kawaii girls express their kawaii style to a full extent and in every detail of their appearance. Next to their appearances, kawaii girls behave in a certain way. They try to behave cute and innocent by, for example, posing with their hands to their cheeks and they speak with a high-pitched voice.

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Grote demonstratie voor het Griekse parlementsgebouw


Van onze correspondent uit Athene

Op de avond van de dag dat Griekenland met de overige EU landen een akkoord sloot over nieuwe leningen in ruil voor vergaande economische hervormingen heeft er voor het Griekse parlementsgebouw een grote demonstratie plaats. Duizenden mensen, merendeels tussen 20 en 40 jaar, protesteren tegen het akkoord. Dan liever uit de eurozone en uit de Europese Unie! Ze zien geen toekomst meer voor zichzelf in dit Griekenland dat zo hard moet bezuinigen om zijn schulden at betalen. Lees verder