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    • Anak Hutan: Relationships to the West in Bukit Lawang and the effects of tourism on the masculine identities of young men. 

      Dybwad, Henriette (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-01)
      The focus of this thesis is on the young men working as guides in the village of Bukit Lawang in Indonesia. These men are influenced by and impacted by a dual side to the society in which they live: on the one hand, by the traditional and local norms of an Islamic community, and on the other, by the Western tourists and the industry of tourism in their small village. What the thesis grapples with ...
    • Ancestral Medicine on the Rise. Reemergence of ancestral medicine and spirituality in Saraguro, and its transformative effects. 

      Døvigen, Magnus (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-01)
      The purpose of this thesis is to discuss the revival of pre-Columbian ancestral medicine and spirituality in Saraguro, Ecuador, catalyzed by a minority within the indigenous population of Saraguro. In the thesis, I look at how this resurgence is affecting and contributing to a meaning change towards their cultural identity by looking at local, global and historical influences. The methods I have ...
    • Apartment Rising: The “New Workers Collective” 

      Fjærtoft, Thomas Buikema (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2013-11-11)
      This research thesis is based on fieldwork conducted at a construction site in Oslo, Norway. By describing the complexity of nationalities, languages, trades, worker groups and companies in the field, I show the reality that faces the informants and how labor migration has transformed the workforce in the construction industry. At the construction site people would speak at least fourteen different ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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, ...
    • Behind the mask. A Traditional Circus in Times of Change 

      Goricanova, Ema (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2018-11-01)
      This thesis is describing the life of the circus community, considered to be a specific type of group recognized by a traveling way of life, behavioural signs, different values, or cultural practices etc. This research is based mainly on participant observation with and without a camera following a small, traditional family from a Czech circus, consisting of 16 members founded in 2010. In this ...
    • Between Hammers and Papers. Day to day struggles of a blacksmith entrepreneur from the iron market in Maroua, Far North Cameroon. 

      Pilot, Konrad (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2013-11-11)
      At the blacksmith market in Maroua, in the Far North region of Cameroon, the hammers clang all day long. Here, the local blacksmiths turn scrap iron into objects of everyday use. Car bodies become wheelbarrows, truck wheels are transformed into ploughs and smaller scrap iron parts end as spoons. The practices of blacksmiths are representative of many other places in Africa where recycling became a ...
    • Between koranic school and the government school system : the case of the Fulbe of Mayo-Darle, Northern Cameroon 

      Gougoure, Hireine (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2009-05-29)
      This thesis is about the way the Fulbe of Mayo-Darle relate to the question of education, be it formal or informal, the Koranic or the governmental. As Muslim, Fulbe people send their children to Koranic School so they can acquire religious knowledge and also their traditional knowledge which enable them to integrate their community. But in Cameroon nowadays, the governmental education is deemed ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Children burnt by the war 1941-45 (the last witnesses) : war memories and post-war identity 

      Vasilchikova, Oxana (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2011-06-21)
      The Great Patriotic War was one of the cruelest wars of the twentieth century. Especially great suffering in the USSR it brought to children. They grew up very quickly. This generation did not have childhood; their childhood was embedded in the war. Keeping their war memories alive Galina and Slava Lebedevy as one of the representatives of this generation decided to establish an organization named ...
    • Collective Agency and Living Well - Activism, community involvement and poetics in El Alto, Bolivia 

      Oltedal, Ane Lyngstad (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2012-11-02)
      Demonstrations, communal discussions and resistance are everyday matters in the Bolivian highland city of El Alto. It took on a whole new dimension in October 2003 when thousands of protesters took to the streets in this city, demanding control of Bolivia’s gas resources. Two presidents had to withdraw, leading up to the historic victory of Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales who won ...
    • Community school in the inner suburbs of Bamako : the case of Sabalibougou 

      Bagayoko, Sidy Lamine (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2009-06-02)
      This work presents and analyses the condition of existence of the community schools in a specific quarter of Bamako called Sabalibougou considered as an inner suburb. Based on data collected through fieldwork, carried out among the local community, this thesis, consisting of both text and film, tries to examine the difficulties faced by the community schools of Sabalibougou.
    • Coping as an ex-combatant : stragegies of interaction and re-integration 

      Larsen, Rodmire N. Taylor-Smith (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2011-06-22)
      This thesis deals with observing how returnee ex-combatants re-integrate and live again in their societies and communities after being accepted by their community members. The reintegration of ex-combatants has been a major subject in the current development of post war Sierra Leone. It is in fact, one of the major challenges confronting the country. This thesis will, for the most part, be focussing ...
    • The customary land tenure system and women's access to land in Bipare and Kafinarou : border area between northern Cameroon and the south west of Chad 

      Koultchoumi, Babette (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2008-06-01)
      This paper presents and analyses data about women challenging customary land tenure arrangements as they strive to gain access to the farming land they need. The research was conducted in the Mambay community located in northern Cameroon on the border with Chad. The thesis examines just how rural women manage to get access to land despite the obstacles that customary land tenure system put in their ...
    • 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 ...
    • Earth, Air, Fire, Water and the Big Smoke. Urban Paganism: Ritual performance, identity construction and meaning making within and without the city. 

      Ryan, Christopher (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2019-05-15)
      The dilution and/or disappearance of religious ideals throughout western societies has been identified as a result of the turn of the enlightenment, the advent and advancement of scientific rationale, processes of industrialization and fundamentally the political and societal separation between church and state (Nietzsche 1882, Jung 1964). Post-enlightenment philosophies have worked to distance ...
    • Eating the old and the nature : experiencing authenticity through food in Alaska’s Little Norway 

      Mortensen, Gry Elisabeth (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2009-05-29)
      This thesis is about notions of authenticity in the Norwegian-American society Petersburg, Alaska. With the intention of gaining an understanding on why the Norwegian heritage keeps such a strong position in this society, I went into the field, and was surprised by the extensive role of food and the use of the term authentic in connection with it. I found that the idea of authenticity is closely ...
    • Egyptian Diaspora, Power, and Resistance. An ethnographic study of the Egyptian diaspora in Berlin and Paris, summer 2019. 

      Hussin, Mostafa Elsayed (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-02)
      The Egyptian revolution in 2011 ended dramatically in 2013 with the military taking control of the country in a coup. The current repressive government has forced many activists, journalists, professors, and other citizens to leave the country permanently, in fear of imprisonment and other penalties and harassment. Others left because of the deteriorating economic situation in the country. New ...
    • Expectations Thwarted. Support and conflict in an urban later life family, Guanajuato, Mexico 

      Mikalsen, Maria Isabelle (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2014-05-30)
      This research thesis is based on participant observation conducted with and without a movie camera with a family consisting of 94 year old Dolores, 54 year old Leticia and 27 year old Rodrigo from Guanajuato City in Central Mexico. By carrying out fieldwork in the months of April to August 2012 I have explored care-dynamics in the family and how their relationships unfold within the ever changing ...