Don Kalb

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Don Kalb
Don Kalb at Butuceni village, May 2014.jpg
Kalb in Butuceni Village, Orhei District, Republic of Moldova, May 2014
Born (1959-10-15) October 15, 1959 (age 57)
Nationality Dutch
Occupation anthropologist, scholar
Academic background
Alma mater Universiteit Utrecht (Ph.D. 1995)
Catholic University of Nijmegen (M.A. 1988)
Thesis title Expanding class: power and everyday politics in industrial communities, North Brabant illustrations, 1850-1950[1]
Thesis year 1995[1]
Academic work
Discipline Anthropologist
Sub discipline Social anthropology, Political economy
Institutions Central European University, Universiteit Utrecht, University of Bergen

Donatus Pius "Don" Kalb (15 October 1959) is a Dutch anthropologist, professor of sociology and social anthropology at the Central European University, assistant professor of social sciences and cultural anthropology at Universiteit Utrecht,[2][3] and a visiting researcher in the department of anthropology at the University of Bergen.[4]


Early life and education[edit]

Kalb came of age in the municipality of Eindhoven, descending from a family of cigar and textile producers.[4]

Kalb completed his MA in cultural anthropology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in 1988 before finishing his PhD in social sciences at the Universiteit Utrecht in 1995.[2]


Kalb's work has addressed numerous topics including globalization, nationalism, labor history, and class.[5] Although a social and cultural anthropologist by training, Kalb's scholarship has often utilized historical evidence in addition to or in lieu of fieldwork, leading to him to having been described by historian Michael Hanagan as "an anthropologist, equally at home with historical methods and debates".[6]

Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in Industrial Communities, The Netherlands, 1850–1950[edit]

In Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in Industrial Communities, The Netherlands, 1850–1950, Kalb examines 20th century social and economic developments in the Brabant region of the Netherlands through a case study of the region's predominately Catholic working-class families. Following E.P. Thompson, Kalb develops what he describes as a relational approach to class that attempts to explain worker quiescence through an analysis of the Brabant region's cultural and social circumstances as well as productive relations.[6] Charles Tilly argues that the brand of relational analysis proposed in Expanding Class "incorporates some coercion and pays considerable attention to culture, but resolutely rejects both functional and competitive accounts of inequality. Kalb centers his explanation on continuously negotiated social relations. His investigation thereby provides a promising model for further anthropological work".[7]


Kalb is the founding editor of anthropology journal Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology,[5] as well as the current FocaalBlog editor.[8] Focaal focuses primarily on intersecting anthropological and historical debates examining local case studies within a global context. According to the journal's website, Focaal advocates for "an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision".[9]



  • Kalb, Don (1998). Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in Industrial Communities; The Netherlands 1850-1950. Comparative and International Working-Class History. Durham: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-2022-7. 

Edited Volumes[edit]

  • Carrier, James G.; Kalb, Don, eds. (2015). Anthropologies of Class: Power, Practice, and Inequality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107087415. 
  • Kalb, Don; Halmai, Gábor, eds. (2011). Headlines of Nation, Subtexts of Class: Working Class Populism and the Return of the Repressed in Neoliberal Europe. EASA Series. 15. Oxford: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-0857452030. 
  • Kalb, Don; Tak, Herman, eds. (2006). Critical Junctions: Anthropology and History beyond the Cultural Turn. Oxford: Berghan Books. ISBN 978-1845450298. 
  • Kalb, Don; Pansters, Wil; Siebers, Hans, eds. (2004). Globalization and Development: Themes and Concepts in Current Research. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 978-1402024740. 
  • Kalb, Don; van der Land, Marco; Staring, Richard; Van Steenbergen, Bart; Wilterdink, Nico, eds. (2000). The Ends of Globalization: Bringing Society Back In. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-0847698851. 

Selected Articles[edit]

Selected Book Chapters[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kalb, Donatus Pius (1995). Expanding class: power and everyday politics in industrial communities, North-Brabant illustrations, 1850-1950 (Ph.D.). Proefschrift Universiteit Utrecht. OCLC 69035879. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Central European University: Academic Profile of Don Kalb". Retrieved April 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Universiteit Utrecht Staff Social and Behavioural Sciences Faculty Page". Retrieved April 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Andreassen, Kim E. (December 1, 2016). "Research in Front - Identifying new class inequalities". University of Bergen - News. University of Bergen. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Universiteit Leiden - Seminar by Don Kalb "Neo-nationalism and the return of class as trauma: East and West European"". Retrieved April 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Hanagan, Michael (1999). "Reviewed Work: Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in Industrial Communities, the Netherlands, 1850-1950 by Don Kalb". Journal of Social History. Oxford University Press. 33 (1): 217–219. JSTOR 3789484. 
  7. ^ Tilly, Charles (2001). "Relational origins of inequality" (PDF). Anthropological Theory. Sage Publications Inc. 1 (3): 355–372. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Focaal Blog - About Us". Retrieved April 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Focaal - Aims & Scope". Retrieved April 19, 2016. 

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