A question or two

How do people transform themselves and society through bodily and material interactions with the world? Through the making and selling of objects, the imagination of infrastructures, memory of ancestral forests, and movement through adopted cities? How do state power structures shape these acts, and how do individual, community, and grassroots efforts create new spaces for mobility and social action in everyday life?

My research and writing in the academy and beyond, through work with Sámi communities in Fenno Scandinavia, Christian hunters in East Africa, migrant street sellers in the Mediterranean, and anthropologists in our own departments, seeks to answer these questions.