Category: Applying Anthropology

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.

(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 …

Young Men as Whistleblowers (Dirck van Bekkum forthcoming 2019) Read More »

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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. …

GETTING BACK TO WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED Read More »

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 …

Stagnated and uncompleted Cycles/Transitions Read More »

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What does Gregory Bateson means in his analysis 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 …

What is a (cybernetic) system? Read More »

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 …

From Linear to Circular to Rhizomic Thinking and back Read More »

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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 …

Does indeed repeats history itself? Read More »