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Applying Anthropology has many shapes. In this site I report on a clinical form of applying anthropology. By guiding troubled young men for ten years I learned to look through their eyes. With them and colleagues I co-created a transcultural linqua franca to bridge their personal/family worlds and the worlds of state professionals.

Young Men as Whistleblowers (Dirck van Bekkum forthcoming 2019)

(read HERE the contents and summary of the book which contains 20 publications of the author between 1992-2017) In the past decades, criminal, dangerous, violent, and radicalizing young men have drawn much attention in social sciences and public debates. Hardly any

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Clinical Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Failing Institutions, Gender Complementarity, Rituals of Passage and Affliction, Transitional Spaces Tagged with:

GETTING BACK TO WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED

Take me back sings Van Morrison (1991) in search for when it felt so right, so good, the eternal now. The Eagles sang in Hotel Calfornia in 1976: I had to find my way back..to the place I was before.

Posted in Applying Anthropology, Beauty of Differences and Similarities, First & Second Nations, Practical Mythology, Systematically Getting Lost, Transitional Spaces

Stagnated and uncompleted Cycles/Transitions

Unattended tensions broulliages, and painful or unbearable losses in Western families (e.g. children or one parent deceased) frequently result in stagnated or uncompleted transitions (life transitions). Virtuous cycles in social systems may turn into ‘vicious cycles’. What is not good

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Clinical Anthropology, Domestic Harmony & Violence, Family & Community Continuity, Rituals of Passage and Affliction

Comparing Apples with Oranges

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

Posted in Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Dominating & Subjecting, Epistemology

What is a (cybernetic) system?

In his analysis what Gregory Bateson means with a ‘cybernetics system’ Morris Berman in his ‘The Reenchantment of the World‘ (1984) writes: …Another way of stating it might be to say that the system is self-corrective in the direction of homeostasis

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Evolutionary Alienation, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems, Rituals of Passage and Affliction, Systemtheory

From Linear to Circular to Rhizomic Thinking and back

Practioners in systemtheory and system (family) therapy are familiar with thinking in linear and circular (communication) processes. However most of them never learned to make the next step into rhizomic thinking. The conception of rhizomic thinking is coined by Deleuze

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Practical Mythology, Systemtheory

(Nederlands) OLIFANTEN IN KAMERS VAN PUBLIEKE OPINIES

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Dominating & Subjecting, Epistemology

Does indeed repeats history itself?

De Spaanse filosoof George Santayana meende dat ‘wie zijn geschiedenis niet kent is gedoemd ze te herhalen” (1905). Voor een deel is deze stelling een open deur want in de gehele biologische en menselijke geschiedenis herhalen evolutionair succesvolle (adaptieve) patronen

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology

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