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The content of this site is based on three decades of clinical anthropological (ethnographic) fieldwork in three synchronic processes of knowledge production:
a) ten years clinical psychiatry and youth care among (troubled/troubling) young men/families.
b) educational settings to transfer/test/validate the concepts/insights/models developed from these clinical practices
c) four decades of deep literature research looking for concepts fitted to re-present the processes/patterns of young men, their families, communities and other systems (schools/asylums/juvenile prisons.

How to Be Better Ancestors?

(this is a seminal post of this morning in ‘Sankofa‘ systemic thinking by First Nation activist Winona LaDuke. Source ‘Humans and Nature’ see HERE) By: Winona LaDuke How long are you going to let others determine the future for your

Posted in Beauty of Differences and Similarities, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Evolutionary Alienation, Evolutionary Authenticity, Family & Community Continuity, First & Second Nations, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems

Discontents of the Nation, Contents of Indigenous Cultures

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

Posted in Applied Mythology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Evolutionary Alienation, First & Second Nations, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems

Comparing Apples with Oranges

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

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

If I could say it, I wouldn’t have to dance it, would I?

“If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it” This quote of the famous dancer Isadora Duncan is of importance for ‘selfreflecting’ (Western) academics and scientists. It was used by Gregory Bateson to

Posted in Complementary female-male worlds, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Gender Complementarity

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

(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

Systematic Improvization

My teacher, and mental-spiritual-martial art mentor, dr. Ronald ‘Back Horse’ Chavers taught me, between 1980 and 1990, a lot of stuff. Among the most memorable were: ‘systematically getting lost‘ (in order to discover new things) and ‘systematic improvization’ (all human

Posted in Applied Mythology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology

Cirkelend ‘terugploegend’ leren

‘JE ZIET HET PAS ALS JE HET DOOR HEBT’ (Johan Cruijff; voetballer en artiest) Onlangs (mei 2016) vroeg een therapeute/student in de 1-jarige opleiding transculturele systeem benadering van het Marjon Arends Instituut Amsterdam, om iets meer te vertellen over ‘handelend

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Clinical Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Improvising Systematically, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems, Practical Mythology, Research Practices, Systematically Getting Lost

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