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Why anthropology? (Serendipity)

 

“But why anthropology?”. I was asked the question shortly before finishing my doctoral thesis. It is rather uncommon to refer to so many anthropological studies in a thesis that is not based on ethnography and is, in addition to this, written within the field of child welfare social work. In social work, it is more common to refer to sociologists, psychologists, and political scientists. So “why anthropology?”.

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Academia-Art

Academia-Art is a subproject of Research-Art. Depicted on this picture are two art and crafts works:”Ideals” and “The Chair of the Absent Knower”

I not only use creative expressions that help me in my writing or to communicate the message of my texts. I have also experimented with a small project that I call “Academia-Art” (2019-2020) which is visible below. It raises questions about the reuse of knowledge and has also helped me to express difficult experiences in academia. Below, I describe this in Swedish, the language of my academic contexts.

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Dissertation review, by Charlotte Williams

…this research advances the field considerably in terms of our understanding of issues of responding to diversity, children’s participation and to understanding how knowledge cultures determine outcomes.”

Williams 2020

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I was very pleased to read Professor Charlotte Williams’ review of my dissertation. Williams is a leading scholar in social work and she is internationally recognised for her research on ethnic diversity, multiculturalism, racism, and social justice issues in the context of welfare regimes and practices.

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Independent: When? Why? How?

Before I got my doctor’s degree (PhD), different circumstances forced me to choose sooner rather than later a more independent path. This new path was a very helpful reminder of why I first wanted to be a researcher.

How it all started

I am not quite sure when I got the idea first. I do remember though thinking about what makes you choose the path of independence on the day I met Sara Ahmed.

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