Don Kalb

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Social anthropologist

Why Is Don Kalb Influential?

Don Kalb is co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology’s financialization research group, full professor of social anthropology at the University of Bergan, and assistant professor of social sciences and cultural anthropology at Universiteit Utrecht. Considered a Marxist anthropologist, Kalb has specialized in labor history, value, capitalism, class, nationalism, and globalization throughout Europe.

He conducted a case study in the Netherlands in his most prominent work, Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in Industrial Communities, The Netherlands, 1850-1950. The study provided a relational analysis intersecting class and culture in innovative ways. His other works include Critical Junctions: Anthropology and History Beyond the Cultural Turn and Headlines of Nation, Subtexts of Class: Working Class Populism and the Return of the Repressed in Neoliberal Europe.

Kalb was selected at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Austria to lead the Social Consequences of Economic Transformation in Eastern Europe program. He was the first editor of the journal Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, and still edits their blog today.

He is currently a principal investigator of Frontlines, an international effort to innovate ethnographic research methods, a partner with Oana Mateescu on a project to examine 3 case studies in Europe.

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According to Wikipedia, Don Kalb is a Dutch anthropologist, full professor of social anthropology at the University of Bergen, and an assistant professor of social sciences and cultural anthropology at Universiteit Utrecht. For many years, Kalb was a professor of sociology and social anthropology at the Central European University.

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