Selected Publications

Transfers of Belonging Reconnecting State and Kinship

March 2018

Transfers of Belonging


November 2017

Reconnecting State and Kinship


Anthropological Perspectives on Care Soziale Elternschaft im Wandel

September 2015

Anthropological Perspectives on Care

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Soziale Elternschaft im Wandel

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The Anthropology of Sibling Relation

Child Fostering


The Anthropology of Sibling Relations

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Child Fostering in West Africa

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Verwandtschaft heute

Generations in Africa


Verwandtschaft heute

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Generations in Africa. Connections and conflicts.

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Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber

Chair of Social Anthropology

Contact Data

Phone: 0921/55-4121
Fax: 0921 55 4118
Bureau: GW II, Room 0.01
Consultation hour: Tuesday, 3-4 pm

Research areas

Erdmute Alber does research on processes of social change in the Andean region and in West Africa. The focus lies on two ranges of topics: the Anthropology of politics, law and and power as well as the anthropology of kinship, family and childhood.

Of special interest for Erdmute Alber are topics on the interface between these ranges, e.g. the politics of family and childhood, social parentship or child traficking.

Current central research topics are the relations between generations, social parentship and adoption as well as football migration. The current geographical focus lies on West Africa.


Academic Career

Research Projects

Currently Supervised Dissertations


Current Posts and Functions

Recent Publications (since 2013)

Full Bibliography of Publications (January 2018)


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