Aafke Komter



NRC-artikel van 10 januari 2017 over boze burgers:







(How does sociological theory on solidarity

relate to anthropological theory on gift exchange?)



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    Professor Aafke Komter is currently affiliated to the Department of Sociology of the Erasmus University Rotterdam as a guest-researcher. From 2000-2012 she has been the Head of the Department of Social Science at University College, Utrecht, the Honor's College of Utrecht University, where she was occupying the chair 'Comparative Studies of Social Solidarity'.  In 1986 she was an Associate Member of Balliol College, Oxford. During 1991-92 she was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Social Science, University of Amsterdam. She wrote her Ph-D-thesis on Gender and Power Relationships (1985). Her recent research is focused on family solidarity. She was a member of the research team involved in the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (NKPS), a large scale multi-actor and multi-method panel study into family solidarity (2002-2011). Between 2008 and 2010 she has been involved in an EU-funded project (FP-7), Multilinks: 'How demographic changes shape intergenerational solidarity, well-being, and social integration: A multilinks framework' . Aafke Komter has published numerous books and articles on informal gift giving, reciprocity and (family) solidarity. Since 2011 she is a member of the "Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities" (Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen).


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    Aafke Komter


    Department of Sociology

    Erasmus University Rotterdam

    Woudestein,T-Building, T15
    P.O.Box  1738
    3000 DR Rotterdam


    Phone: 010-4082085 / 010-4082112

    E-mail: A.E.Komter@uu.nl or Komter@fsw.eur.nl