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 Dr. John Friedman

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John Friedman is an Associate Professor in Socio-cultural Anthropology and Development.  He completed his MPhil and PhD degrees in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and his Bachelor degree in liberal arts (social science) at the University of Michigan / Ann Arbor. Before training as an anthropologist, Dr. Friedman worked in the international development sector. In addition to his anthropology teaching and research, Dr. Friedman is also actively engaged in the field of international eye health. In particular, he leads an interdisciplinary team in the design, development and distribution of innovative systems and technologies to enable the delivery of corrected vision to people in low- and middle-income countries.

Dr Friedman teaches courses in introductory anthropology, political anthropology, development studies, global citizenship, and research methods. His main areas of research and supervision include: anthropology/ethnography of the state; political imagination; democratization; nationalism; legal pluralism; customary law and traditional leadership in Africa; public anthropology, history and anthropology; (post-)colonialism and (post-)apartheid; international development theory; anthropology of development; dams and resettlement; global citizenship; and global eye health.  His particular areas of geographical interest are Africa, with a focus on Namibia and South Africa.

To date, Dr Friedman has undertaken more than four years of field research in Namibia. Much of this work attempts to better understand democratization and post-apartheid state process, as well as the practices and politics of international development. He has also worked in other parts of Africa, including Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda.

Academic Qualifications

Selected Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

  • Friedman, John T. and F. Mueller-Friedman (eds.) (forthcoming). Debating Development: Controversies in the Theory and Practice of International Development, Harlow, London and New York: Pearson-Prentice Hall.
  • Friedman, John T. and Van Wolputte, Steven (eds.) (2015). Namibia at 25, special issue, Journal of Namibian Studies, Volume 18. 
  • Friedman, John T. and V. Haverkate, B. Oomen, E. Park & M. Sklad (eds.) (2015). Going Glocal in Higher Education: The Theory, Teaching, and Measurement of Global Citizenship, Middelburg, NL: De Drvkkery.
  • Friedman, John T. (2014, 2011).  Imagining the Post-Apartheid State: An Ethnographic Account of Namibia, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Publishers.

Articles

  •   Friedman, John T. and B. Oomen, E. Park & M. Sklad (2016). ‘Going Glocal: A Qualitative Analysis of Global Citizenship at a Dutch Liberal Arts and Sciences College’, Higher Education, Vol. 72, No. 3: 323-340.

  • Friedman, John T. and Van Wolputte, Steven (2015). ‘Twenty-five Years On: Retrospect and Prospect’, Journal of Namibian Studies, Vol. 18: 7-20.

  • Friedman, John T. (2014). Review of ‘Anthropology and Development: Culture, Morality and Politics in a Globalised World, by E. Crewe and R. Axelby’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society (N.S.), Vol. 20: 783-784. 

  • Friedman, John T. (2009). ‘Context and Contestation in the Development Process: Lessons from Kaokoland (Namibia)’, European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 21, No. 3: 325-343.

  • Friedman, John T. (2007). ‘Cultivating Ambiguity in (Post-)Colonial Namibia: Reflections on “History” and Conflict in Kaokoland’, Cambridge Anthropology, Vol. 27, No. 2: 57-76.

  • Friedman, John T. (2006). ‘Beyond the Post-Structural Impasse in the Anthropology of Development’, Dialectical Anthropology, Vol. 30, No. 3/4: 201-225.

  • Friedman, John T. (2006). ‘On the Post-Structuralist Critique of Development: A View from North-west Namibia’, Development Southern Africa, Vol. 23, No. 5: 587-603.

  • Friedman, John T. (2005). ‘Making Politics, Making History: Chiefship and the Post-Apartheid State in Namibia’ Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1: 23-51.

  • Friedman, John T. (2003). ‘Review of “States of Imagination: Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State”, edited by T. B. Hansen and F. Stepputat’, Cambridge Anthropology, Vol. 23, No. 3: 101-103. 

Book Chapters

  • Friedman, John T. (2013). ‘Namibia’, in S. Danver (ed.), Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia of Groups, Cultures and Contemporary Issues, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

  • Friedman, John T. (2013). ‘Himba’, in S. Danver (ed.), Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia of Groups, Cultures and Contemporary Issues, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

  • Friedman, John T. and Fatima Mueller-Friedman (2013). ‘San’, in S. Danver (ed.), Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia of Groups, Cultures and Contemporary Issues, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

  • Friedman, John T. (2012). ‘On Text and Con-text: Toward an Anthropology in Development’, in T. Yarrow and S. Venkatesen (eds.), Differentiating Development: Beyond an Anthropology of Critique, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Publishers.

  • Friedman, John T. (2012). ‘Herero-German War’, in A. Stanton, E. Ramsamy, P. Seybolt and C. Elliot (eds.), Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia, London: Sage.

  • Friedman, John T. (2011). ‘Imperialist Anthropology Examined’, in A. Waskey and F. Nadis (eds.), World History Encyclopedia, Era 9: Promises and Paradoxes, 1945-Present, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

  • Friedman, John T. (2011). ‘Anthropologists and the War on Terror’, in A. Waskey and F. Nadis (eds.), World History Encyclopedia, Era 9: Promises and Paradoxes, 1945-Present, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

  • Friedman, John T. (2008). ‘Modernization: Overview’, in P. Stearns (ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World: 1750 to the Present, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Friedman, John T. (2000). ‘Mapping the Epupa Debate: Discourse and Representation in a Namibian Development Project’, in G. Miescher and D. Henrichsen (eds.), New Notes on Kaoko: The Northern Kunene Region (Namibia) in Texts and Photographs, Basel: Basler Afrika Bibliographien.

Courses

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