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  • The montage of the life course of Alexander Maloletov: searching for happiness in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia. 

    Badanina, Anna (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2017-05-12)
    This work is focused on the life course of 67 years old Alexander Maloletov. In my study I question the role of happiness for the individual, connected to present self-identity and «personal memory museum». I am considering happiness as an emotional lens, through which it is possible to think evaluatively and narratively about people’s selves and lives. The main informant is an eccentric man named ...
  • Mater omnium. A study of belonging, care and social change in superdiverse Italy 

    Massone, Valentina (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2017-05-16)
    Crisis can be considered a context in the modern European narrative, as economy, mass-migrations and environmental factors create a superdiverse, ever shifting social and cultural pavement. Set in Ostia, a suburban area of Rome, under the spotlight due to the influence of organized crime and the raising conflicts between socio political realities, this paper investigate how solidarity and belonging ...
  • Art and the expression of indigenous identity. From "Angry sámi" to "Happy sámi" 

    Baik, Yeonwoo (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2017-05-14)
    Thesis Abstract: This thesis explores the theme "Sámi art", questioning how we can define the concept Sámi art in the contemporary society and how the way Sámi artists express their ethnic identity through their art has changed over time. The thesis is written based on the fieldwork that was conducted in northern Norway area during the spring and the summer in 2016. It follows seven artists of Sámi ...
  • The socio-cultural organization of artisanal gold mining and its impacts on the local livelihood. The case of Kemogola mine site in southern-Mali 

    Coulibaly, Ousmane (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2017-05-12)
    The thesis explores the socio-cultural organization of the artisanal gold mine of Kemogola located in southern-Mali. I carried out this fieldwork during three months in the gold mine of Kemogola. Through the participant observation method with the extend use of the video camera recording and the block notes I gathered the empirical data which reflect social realities of my informants. ...
  • A school in the forest. From boys to men in a rural community in Hedmark, Norway 

    Ranjbar, Pernian Shafiei (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2017-06)
    Why do young rural men chose to stay in their home county in district Norway in order to become forest workers? This thesis is a case study among 35 boys from the age 16 to 19, under education to become forestry workers at a forestry school nearby Finnskogen in Hedmark, Norway. The study was conducted through fieldwork at the vocational school, the school dormitory and the local forestry community, ...
  • A bankrupt Spanish baker and the eco-farm in Norway. A micro level study of cooperation and conflict across life opportunities, in perspective of global crisis 

    Vangen, Sunniva Lise Anda (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-05-15)
    People`s different life- opportunities can come close upon us as the interconnection of world processes continues with a high speed. Crisis in environment, economy and mass-movements of people are of our time, and from different positions and corners people “on the ground” are responding to these processes. How people respond contributes to further shaping of the world´s outlook. With this perspective, ...
  • Grass. Understanding agro-based traditional knowledge of Sami indigenous group in northern Norway (Karasjok) and discovering a new way of making ethnographic film. 

    Ahmad, Masum (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-08-15)
    Nature plays a great role in every society. In many cases it shapes the form of a society in every direction possible. Therefore the essence of different societies are different according to their geographic location. Also there are many elements in a single society that can be worth to study. I chose nature, land and farming. It can be said that I tried to do visual anthropology of nature. As a ...
  • Beyond stigma? A case of a disabled female entrepreneur from the Bamilike ethnic group of West Cameroon 

    Tsopgni, Mireille Laure (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-08-15)
    ABSTRACT This work was carried out among the Bamileke in the Menoua Division in the West Region of Cameroon. It presents my main informant, Kenfack Tsopmo Cecile, a handicapped woman of 44 years who uses entrepreneurship as a means to break the social rejection that many people face because of their handicap. Despite her handicap, Cecile is very active and present on various social arenas. She ...
  • Football and femininity. A phenomenological study of gender, football and motivation seen from a female perspective in a sociocultural context 

    Blomstereng, Nathalie (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-05-18)
    Football is in Norway today the most popular sport across genders. Football is also a very male dominated arena because of its masculine features and because the masculine has for a long period been seen as a male trait. The females have since the day they entered this environment been exposed to the men’s embodiment of football and have therefore been working as the other. This again is shown through ...
  • Never hold your breath. Stagnancy, alienation and trash. A case study of environmental attitudes in Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras 

    Urtreger, Gil Orr (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-05-18)
    Unlike a majority of Caribbean islands, the inhabitants of Utila in the Bay Islands of Honduras came there by choice. As a result, they have handcrafted a society where the key to harmony and avoiding confrontation is “live and let live”. In addition, they harbor a fierce sense of independence from Honduras, maintaining their allegiance to the formerly British Western Caribbean. Despite sharing a ...
  • The blessing pot. Continuity and changes in pottery and pilgrimage practices 

    Pathak, Subash (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-05-18)
    Abstract Kamleshwor has decade long experience of pot making. He has endowed this skills by his father through which he has manage to run his big family. He is also a great devote of God Shiva and participating pilgrimage every year. Degrading demand of his pot in the market and increasing expenses to participate in pilgrimage left Kamleshwor in dilemma. Most of his community friends has already ...
  • Living the folklore. Memory, performance and identity construction. The case of Empi et Riaume 

    Todorova, Boyka (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-05-18)
    Modern folklore expression deals with the delicate balance between past and present, preservation of traditions and the constant change of the modernity. Folklore heritage is deeply incorporated to the societies way of being, in fact it shapes a large part of the social memory and identity of people in a very implicit way, that is often neglected. My study bring us in a little French town called ...
  • Food stories. Globalization and social integration as an aspect of eating. Customer cases from Alanya Import in Tromsoe 

    Lågeide, Eline A. (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-05-12)
    Abstract thesis The purpose of this thesis is to discuss how the study of food relations can contribute to an insight in to the social dynamics of integration and globalisation processes. The empirical data is primarily based on a three-month fieldwork at Alanya Import, an international grocery shop at Storgata in Tromsø, Norway. I followed different customers and food commodities from Alanya ...
  • Symbolic and embodied involvements in a landscape. A ski ethnography of Käsivarsi, Finnish Lapland 

    Grøn, Tiia Helena (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-05-16)
    This thesis is about a wilderness-area in Finnish Lapland, people that dwell there and how they perceive the place. The idea of ‘wilderness’ in the socio-cultural context of this research does not exclude human-involvement and one might get surprised by how much social life that includes. The area is used by many tourists and some locals for recreation. At the same time the Saami have their reindeer’s ...
  • NATs: working children’s identity. The particular case of the Bolivian working children’s union within the Western child labour discourse. 

    Klaue, Léa (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2015-05-26)
    According to the International Labour Organization, more than 850’000 children execute lucrative activities in Bolivia. Through the Western discourse on child labour, children who work are often specifically characterized and connected with negative terms such as exploitation and poverty. The Bolivian working children have created their own labour union, the UNATsBO, in order to defend their right ...
  • Dreaming and becoming at the time of the World Cup. Visual narratives and performance strategies of two young Brazilians in offline-online urban São Paulo 

    Belleli, Alessandro (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2015-05-25)
    The Brazilian urban periphery is experiencing new opportunities, the possibility of a social mobility that was unforeseen just a decade ago, the result of years of specific policies dedicated to the urban poor, of general policies aimed at the redistribution of income, and of the stability of the Brazilian economy. My study focuses on the process of self-realization of two young Brazilians, Fabio ...
  • Resistance meets Resistance. Attempts at mobilizing homelessness in Tenderloin, San Francisco 

    Aulie, Tora Smith (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2015-05-25)
    This master thesis is based on participant observation conducted with and without a camera in an organization, called Coalition on Homelessness. By following Miguel Carrera’s work, who was the leader of Housing Justice’ workgroup, and through discussions, interactions and conversations with the homeless and activists in Tenderloin, I have tried to grasp the complexity of the homeless issue in ...
  • Mbororo migrant workers in Western Cameroon: Case study of Bahouan 

    Chiwo, Tembou Flavie (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2014-10-24)
    This paper aims to analyze the daily life of some Mbororo migrant workers in Bahouan village. Due to some external and internal forces on their nomadic lifestyle, these Mbororo Muslims have decided to seek for livelihood in Bahouan, among the mainly agricultural Christian people. Since then, their strategy has been in attempting to rebuild their herd and provide for their relatives back home. This ...
  • Housing the City: Social Capital and House Agents in Accra, Ghana 

    Owusu-Boateng, Vida (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2014-05-30)
    Finding accommodation in Ghana’s capital Accra can be a tricky and daunting task. This situation has been attributed to rapid urban growth which has led many city dwellers to rely on middle men, known as house agents to help with their housing needs. Though popular among city folks, house agents activities remain unexplored area of research. As an emerging urban formm, this enterprise is unique in ...
  • Housework and education of Fulani girls in Mbang-Fulbe, Northern Cameroon 

    Ibrahim, Rachidatou (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2014-07-24)
    This thesis focuses on housework, formal and domestic education in a Fulani community living in a small village located 37 km from Ngaoundere city, North part of Cameroon. By following a family of seven people, the study looks into the historical developmental of Fulani girls linked to the power relation and explains how power is changing in that area. To describe how social fields are connected ...

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