Erdmute Alber holds the chair in social anthropology at the University of Bayreuth. Her research areas include political anthropology as well as the anthropology of kinship. Her main focus is on the overlapping field of both. The regional focus is West Afria, as well as Kenya, where the research project “middle classes on the rises” is located. She is the spokes person of the research group “kinship and politics” at the center of interdisciplinary research, university of Bielefeld. She is interested in the processes of knowledge production in and with Africa.

Selected current publications:

2015 Anthropological Perspectives on Care. Work, Kinship and the Life Course. Palgrave MacMillan: New York. (with Heike Drotbohm)

2014 Soziale Elternschaft im Wandel. Kindheit, Verwandtschaft und Zugehörigkeit in Westafrika. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag. 426 pp.

2013 The Anthropology of Sibling Relations – Shared Parentage, Experience and Exchange. Palgrave MacMillan: New York (with Cati Coe and Tatjana Thelen)

2013 Child fostering in West Africa – new perspectives on theories and practices. Brill: Leiden, Boston (with Jeannett Martin and Catrien Notermans)


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