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Applied Social Anthropology in the Researcher’s Own Society

DOI: 10.4236/aasoci.2014.42009, PP. 53-58

Keywords: Configurations of Norwegian Culture, Biography of an Anthropologist, Both Modern and Traditional Society, Cultural Collisions

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Professor Arne Martin Klausen (1927-) is the only social anthropologist in Norway who has tried to analyse the culture of the country as a whole. In doing this, he has explored several central themes of the country’s culture; like egalitarianism, the class journey, the strong tradition for development aid to poor countries, connected to a so-called humanitarian super-power which in its turn was an extension of Christian mission, the very wide-spread newspaper reading; however self-centered to national and local issues and finally, the collision between an elitist Olympic culture with Norwegian egalitarianism. Klausen also tried to tie some threads together in editing a collection of essays on Norwegian culture.


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