Jan Abbink is an anthropologist-historian and carries out research on the history and cultures of the Horn of Africa (Northeast Africa), particularly Ethiopia.
He has done a number of research projects, the first one being a study of Ethiopian immigrants in Israel in the 1980s. His current projects are a socio-cultural history of South Ethiopia, an historical-cultural study of the relation between governance, political culture and religious discourse, and an ethnological study of southwest Ethiopian ethnic groups, livelihoods and conflict. He is also interested in theoretical and epistemological issues in social science.
Since 2001 he has been Professor (extraordinary) of African Ethnic Studies at the VU University in Amsterdam and supervises a number of PhD students there.
Keywords: Africa, political culture, religious discourse and politics, ethnography of food cultures, governance and development, cultural history.
Developmental dilemmas and political culture in Ethiopia and the Horn: local refractions of state policies
Evolving relations between religion and politics in the Horn of Africa: media use and public identity discourse of religious communities/elites in Northeast Africa
Traditional Ethiopian legal culture : Amharic proverbs and maxims on law and justice (2017)
'Traditional Ethiopian legal culture : Amharic proverbs and maxims on law and justice'
In: A. Carter McCollum: 'Studies in Ethiopian languages, literature, and history: Festschrift for Getatchew Haile', Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2017.
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