Selected Publications

Transfers of Belonging Reconnecting State and Kinship

April 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

Recent Publications (since 2013)


Age-Inscriptions and Social Change. Anthropology & Aging 39/1. University of Pittsburgh press. (with Cati Coe); Journal (pdf),

Transfers of Belonging. Child Fostering in West Africa in the 20th Century. Brill: Leiden, Boston.

Of culture, consumption and cost: A comparative analysis of household energy consumption in Kenya, Germany and Spain. Energy Research & Social Science 40: 127-139 (with Manfred Stoppok, Andreas Jess and Ruth Freitag);


Reconnecting State and Kinship. Temporalities, scales, classifications. In: Tatjana Thelen und Erdmute Alber (eds.): Reconnecting State and Kinship. University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 1-37. Review H-Soz-Kult; Review Cristian Alvarado Leyton

Macht und Verkehr. In: Markus Verne, Paola Ivanov, Magnus Treiber (ed.): Körper Technik Wissen – Kreativität und Aneignungsprozesse in Afrika. In den Spuren Kurt Becks. Lit-Verlag, Münster, 355-376.


Heterogenität als gelebte Praxis, Norm und Zukunftsgestaltung. In: Antje Daniel, Sebastian Müller, Florian Stoll, Rainer Öhlschläger (ed.): Mittelklassen, Mittelschichten oder Milieus in Afrika? Gesellschaften im Wandel. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, 177-194.

Vital conjunctures and the negotiation of future: rural girls between urban middle class households and early marriage. In: Nadine Sieveking (ed.): Vital conjunctures: gender in times of uncertainty. Leipzig und Halle: DFG SPP 1448 Working Paper Series, No. 18, 17-27. To the essay


Anthropological Perspectives on Care: Work, Kinship, and the Life-Course (with Heike Drotbohm). Palgrave McMillan Verlag, New York. Flyer


Familie in Afrika. In: Paul B. Hill, Johannes Kopp (ed.): Handbuch Familiensoziologie. Springer Verlag, Wiesbaden, 147-178 (with Jeannett Martin). To the essay

Soziale Elternschaft im Wandel. Kindheit, Verwandtschaft und Zugehörigkeit in Westafrika. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag. Flyer with information to the book, Excerpt, press release of UBT aktuell, press release of UBT, Review Tsantsa, Review KULT-online and Review Stichproben


"A qui appartiennent les enfants?" Des normes et des pratiques de parenté sociale en Afrique de l'Ouest. In: Ute Fendler, Liliana Ruth Feierstein (ed.): Enfaces? Représentations de l'enfance en Afrique et en Amérique Latine. Akdademische Verlagsgemeinschaft München: 69-85. To the essay

The Anthropologogy of Sibling Relations: Shared Parentage, Experience, and Exchange (with Cati Coe and Tatjana Thelen). Palgrave McMillan Verlag, New York. Flyer with information to the book and Excerpt

Child Fostering in West Africa: New Perspectives on Theory and Practices (with Jeannett Martin and Catrien Notermans). Brill Verlag Leiden/Boston (Africa-Europe Group for interdisciplinary Studies). Flyer with information to the book, press release of UBT, review The Journal of African History