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  • 1.
    Bruun, Ole
    Nordic Council of Ministers, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.
    Fengshui in China: Geomantic Divination between State, Orthodoxy and Popular Religion2011 (ed. 2nd ed.)Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    For well over a century, Chinese fengshui - or 'geomancy' - has interested Western laymen and scholars. Today, hundreds of popular manuals claim to use its principles in their advice on how people can increase their wealth, happiness, longevity, etc. This study is quite different, approaching fengshui from an academic angle. The focus is on fengshui's significance in China, but the recent history of its reinterpretation in the West is also depicted.

    The author argues that fengshui serves as an alternative tradition of cosmological knowledge, which is used to explain a range of everyday occurrences in rural areas such as disease, mental disorders, accidents and common mischief. Although Chinese authorities have opposed the tradition for centuries, nonetheless it has been used by almost everyone as an aspect of popular cosmology. Opposing the Chinese collectivist ethos and moralizing from above, fengshui represents an alternative vision of reality, while interpreting essential Chinese values in a way that sanctions selfish motivations and behaviour.

    The study includes a historical account of fengshui over the last 150 years augmented by the results of anthropological fieldwork on contemporary practices in two Chinese rural areas. Aiming to eschew Western intellectual preconceptions and to penetrate the confused mass of old texts and divergent local practices, the book will be of interest to all scholars seeking to understand an undercurrent of modern China's transformation.

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  • 2.
    Engman, Riikka
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Culture Point.
    Focus Projects: Effects and Results of Funding2017Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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  • 3. Falk, Monica Lindberg
    Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand2011Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Religion plays a central role in Thai society with Buddhism intertwined in the daily lives of the people. Religion also plays an important role in establishing gender boundaries. The growth in recent decades of self-governing nunneries (samnak chii) and the increasing interest of Thai women in a Buddhist monastic life are notable changes in the religion–gender dynamic.

    This anthropological study addresses religion and gender relations through the lens of the lives, actions and role in Thai society of an order of Buddhist nuns (mae chii). It presents an unique ethnography of these Thai Buddhist nuns, examines what it implies to be a female ascetic in contemporary Thailand and analyses how the ordained state for women fits into the wider gender patterns found in Thai society. The study also deals with the nuns’ agency in creating religious space and authority for women. In addition, it raises questions about how the position of Thai Buddhist nuns outside the Buddhist sangha affects their religious legitimacy and describes recent moves to restore a Theravada order of female monks.

     

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  • 4. Kirketerp, Anne
    et al.
    Bak, Margrete
    Buus, Marianne
    Entreprenørskab og foretagsomhed i de kunstneriske uddannelser i Norden2015Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [da]

    Denne rapport, udført af Kirketerp, Buus og Bak for KreaNord i 2011, ønsker at bidrage til, at studerende på de kunstneriske uddannelser i Norden styrkes i deres forudsætninger for at kunne omsætte deres kreative og kunstneriske kompetencer til et bæredygtigt arbejdsliv. Rapporten er rettet mod besluttende myndigheder, uddannelsesansvarlige og undervisere og kan styrke både interesse og viden, samt motivere handling. Rapporten giver definitioner indenfor entreprenørskab, metoder, cases, samt en model, som beskriver handlingsmål og tilrettelæggelse i entreprenørskabsundervisning.

    Genudgivet i 2015 i forbindelse med afviklingen af KreaNord, Nordisk Ministerråds initiativ om kulturelle og kreative erhverv (2008–2015).

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  • 5. Knudsen, Are
    Violence and Belonging: Land, Love and Lethal Conflict in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan2011Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Honour and violence is a major theme in the anthropology of the Middle East, yet – apart from political violence – most studies approach violence from the perspective of honour.

    By contrast, this important study examines the meanings of lethal conflict in a little-studied tribal society in Pakistan’s unruly North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and offers a new perspective on its causes. Based on an in-depth study of local conflicts, the book challenges stereotyped images of a region and people miscast as extremist and militant. Being grounded in local ethnography enables the book to shed light on the complexities of violence, not only at the structural or systemic level, but also as experienced by the men involved in lethal conflict. In this way, the book provides a subjective and experiential approach to violence that is applicable beyond the field locality and relevant for advancing the study of violence in the Middle East and South Asia.

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  • 6. Ovesen, Jan
    et al.
    Trankell, Ing-Britt
    Cambodians and Their Doctors: A Medical Anthropology of Colonial and Post-Colonial Cambodia2010Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    At face value, this book is about medicine in Cambodia over the last hundred years. At the same time, however, by using ‘medicine’ (in the sense of ideas, practices and institutions relating to health and illness) as a prism through which to view colonial and post-colonial Cambodian society more generally, it offers an historical and contemporary anthropology of the nation ofCambodia.

    Rich in ethnographic detail derived from both contemporary anthropological fieldwork and colonial archival material, the study is an account of the simultaneous presence in Cambodia of two medical traditions: the modern, biomedical one first introduced by the French colonial power at the turn of the twentieth century, and the indigenous Khmer health cosmology. In their reliance on one or the other of the two traditions, to a large extent the Khmer people have been concerned to find efficient medical treatment that also adheres to social norms (not least the emphasis on the morality of social relations). This concern is also evident in the prevailing medical pluralism in Cambodia today.

    The authors trace the interaction (and lack thereof) between these two traditions from the French colonial period via the political upheavals of the 1970s through to the present day. The result is more than a medical anthropology; this is a key text that also makes a significant contribution to the anthropological study of Cambodian society at large and will be an important resource for development planners and aid workers in medical and related fields.

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