SpW summer break & summer readings!

It’s the end of another academic year and time for a break. We would like to thank all the writers of this last year: we appreciate your contributions! Thanks for all the new insights, interesting arguments and reviews, and fascinating reports of people and events in other parts of the world that you have shared with us. We will be back in September and wish you a great summer! And if, like some of us in the editorial team, you find yourself with some more time to read now, we would like to suggest some books for your summer readings. …

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“Waarom dan?” Energieprofessional Elbert Huijzer analyseert antropologen

Door Elbert Huijzer Toen mijn kinderen nog klein waren, werden geregeld de wat- en waarom-vragen gesteld. Papa, wat is dat? Papa, waarom is dat zo? Als ik het dan ging uitleggen realiseerde ik me vaak dat ik op de waarom-vraag maar een half antwoord had. Want waarom doen mensen de dingen zoals we ze doen? Ik hoopte een helder antwoord te kunnen geven over goed en fout, over de logica van ons gedrag, maar dat lukte niet altijd. Vooral bij gedrag dat fout is of makkelijk verbeterd kan worden is antwoord geven lastig. En het wordt confronterend als het je …

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Hope or Resignation: the Future of Anthropology

By Matthias Teeuwen Standing at the end of my Master’s, the topic of this year’s anthropology day particularly spoke to me: Futures. What can I expect of the future as a newly trained anthropologist? What professions will open up or close off for me? Will my skills be any useful in fifty years time? The future, being the future, is not here yet, so I can’t tell. The attitudes we hold toward the future, however, are more immediately accessible. As Ton Salman observed in his closing statements of the day, these move more or less between optimism and hope and …

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Rethinking difference: Muslim and Christian lives in comparative perspective

Image credit: David Evers, Flickr, Creative Commons. By Daan Beekers, Hansjörg Dilger and Daniel Nilsson DeHanas. In recent decades, the anthropology of religion has produced detailed and diverse insights into the experience of religious groups living in societies across the world. Whereas most efforts to research two such groups in a society have focused on points of interaction, we call for a comparative ethnographic approach. Studies of Christian and Muslim groups in a shared social space will improve our understanding not only of these subgroups but of society as a whole. While many in our globalizing world seem preoccupied with …

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Yellow fragmentation

By Irene Stengs. Bangkok, Sunday May 5. With hundreds of others, I am queuing to enter the restricted area around the Grand Palace where the Royal Land Procession will start at 4 PM. In this seven-kilometer procession, Thailand’s new king Vajiralongkorn (Rama X), seated on the Royal Palanquin carried by sixteen royal guards, will halt at three royal temples to pay respect to the temples’ Buddha images. The procession is part of the three-days coronation ceremonies and offers ‘the people’ the opportunity to see their monarch in real life and to pay their respect. The entrances are check points: before …

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Schilderij van Thomas Matulesia (Pattimura) en medestrijders in het Museum Siwalima, Ambon (Indonesië). Foto uit collectie Moluks Historisch Museum, Den Haag.

Pattimura dag en een complexe Molukse loyaliteit

Door Fridus Steylen. April en juni zijn hoogtijmaanden voor aandacht voor de geschiedenis van Molukkers in Nederland. Op 25 april wordt de proclamatie van de Republik Maluku Selatan, de vrije Zuid-Molukse republiek, in 1950 gevierd. Op 11 juni 1977 werd de gekaapte trein in De Punt gewelddadig ontzet, waarbij zes kapers en twee gegijzelden omkwamen. Publiciteit is gegarandeerd, zeker als er nog meer gebeurt. Zo was er dit jaar als een opwarmertje begin april protest tegen de mogelijke komst van een niet-Molukse huurder in de Molukse wijk in Heer/Maastricht. De RMS-viering in Apeldoorn kreeg extra publiciteit omdat theater Orpheus de …

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Van masterscriptie naar gepubliceerd boek: The Urban Gardens of Havana

Door Ola Plonska In juli 2017 was het eindelijk zover. Na maandenlang hard werken was dit het moment om onze masterscripties in te leveren. Ik herinner het mij nog alsof het gisteren was. Al voor openingstijd stond ik zenuwachtig voor de deur van de printshop om mijn scriptie te laten printen. Toen ik naar de afdeling liep hield ik het ingebonden werk dicht tegen me aan terwijl ik een gezonde dosis adrenaline door mijn lijf voelde stromen. Dit was het dan, het punt waar ik twee jaar lang naartoe had gewerkt. Destijds was ik er zeker van dat dit de …

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The Car Free Day in Surabaya: a pro-environment event?

By Freek Colombijn Every Sunday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. part of the main street of Surabaya is closed for all motorized traffic for an event that is called ‘Car Free Day’ (often abbreviated as CFD, Chay-Ef-Day). Car Free Days are organized in Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia too, but I know the event best in Surabaya. I first attended the CFD as part of my research on pro-environmental behavior, but as it has turned out, it has little to do with the desire to reduce the use of the car. On the contrary. It attracts many …

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Why the Startup environment in Silicon Valley is more fruitful than in the Netherlands

by Vivienne Schröder At a pitch event I meet John “startup” Doe*. I am very biased to meet him after the pitches: That name sounds familiar. It sounds Dutch. We start talking, and I explain what I am doing in San Francisco. Before I know it Doe starts describing the difference between the Bay Area and the Netherlands. There are many more people interested to talk to Doe, so we schedule a meeting to talk again. Doe left the Netherlands about 25 years ago. He is on multiple advisory boards, also for Dutch startups, which gives him a unique view …

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Photo by James Seibold

Platform Cooperativism for alternative socio-economic models

By Jochem Kootstra We are most probably all familiar with internet-based platforms like AirBnB and Uber. Contemporary economies are increasingly mediated by and through such platforms, which gave rise to a Platform Economy or Sharing Economy. At the background of the aftershocks of 2008’s economic crisis, this has been promoting a disruptive market for individual workers and consumers. Since, the Platform Economy has insidiously evolved into the commodification of citizens via datafication of individuals’ internet usage, paired with emerging side effects regarding workers’ rights, rising wage inequality and its disguised top-down ecosystem, later opted Platform Capitalism. However, the internet-based platform …

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