Taking a few steps back, I used the invitation to write an essay about anthropology in Norway as a pretext for delving slightly more deeply into the beginnings – from Eilert Sundt to Gutorm Gjessing – than what is usual. In many renderings of the history of Norwegian anthropology, the time before the mid 1950s is considered a dark age or black hole, and I’ve tried to modify the picture somewht. The essay was written for the brand new International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Their website address is
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