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About Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is professor in the department of social anthropology at the University of Oslo. His latest book for Pluto Press is Fredrik Barth: An Intellectual Biography. Other books include What is Anthropology? (Pluto Press, 2004); Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (Pluto Press, 3rd edition, 2010); and Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives (Pluto Press, 3rd edition, 2010). His website is here.
Articles by Thomas Hylland Eriksen
This week's editor
En Liang Khong is a submissions editor at openDemocracy.
The Armenian genocide
Yemen - easy to get wrong
Through the bars
No to TTIP
Meteoric rise of Islamic State
‘Surprisingly to many, the new humanism began with commonsensical ecological measures. In the early years of the 21st century, we were increasingly aware that we were running out of space. The global middle class began to think of waste as resources gone astray, gradually learning to see ourselves, and humanity, in ecological terms. We were complementary, not competitors; different, but equal. Based on ecological models, the new pluralism was flexible and sustainable, spreading like wildfire across the world when its potential was understood.’
If trust becomes another victim of 11 September, globalisation will enter a new stage of pervasive fear. But this is not inevitable. The interlocking elements of global and local that helped nurture the identity politics of the 1990s also offer the possibility of re-founding trust on the basis of universal values.