Purity, Danger And Realism – Children, Social Media And The Modern World

Introduction Whether or not children should use social media (or be internet active) is possibly one of the biggest polemics of our day and age. Make no mistake – often enough, people who argue against children using social media also argue against people in general using social media. The “perils” of social media are supposed …

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Chipping, cyborgs and people – the questions we should be asking ourselves

Author’s Note: I initially read Mr. Palmer’s article when it first came out. However, even though I had penned a response then, many more questions opened to me and I ended up revising a few things with new, even better references that answered my own questions on the theme. I must here state that I …

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Winter Festivals

I do believe that in the previous official post, I promised a discussion about winter festivals. With the 2018 having now officially started for most, I must remind you that for many, it still hasn’t… or that it’s not even 2018. Calendars are different for many cultures, and that’s not so new… in 18th century, …

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Christmas is…

We got to talking today about different Christmas and winter festivals we know, and how they differ, not only from era to era but also from place to place. Being quite well travelled means we have a personal familiarity with  a host of traditions, new and old (because yes, you CAN have a new tradition… …

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Cross-culture in likes – taboos and variety in day-to-day behaviours

As with everything (and I really can’t stress that enough), what we like influences our behaviour and vice versa. For instance – a rigid personal environment and adherence to the resultant behaviour will make it difficult or even impossible to like things that pertain to different, whatever that different entails… it could be another culture, …

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Partner Communication in Different Cultures

Partner communication is probably the most important thing that makes or breaks a relationship between you and your partner(s); it’s something everyone keeps saying you should do, but at the end of the day, most people still a) don’t do it, b) don’t really know what it means, c) don’t do enough of it.   …

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Goth in the jungle – subculture and variety

We’ve survived the extensively Halloween themed week, so now, we’ll be moving on with a variety of anthropological themes. Today, we’ll be looking at subculture and variety, and we’ll use the Goth subculture around the globe as our case study. I’m going to start by challenging the perspective of subculture and mainstream culture. You see, …

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Halloween

We have reached Halloween. We’ve gone through vampires, werewolves, ghosts and witches and anthropological debate to do it, but here it is, and I hope you have a nice evening planned. Mine is going to be very feline (how witchy of me…;) ), with my partner and myself and our nine felines watching a film, …

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Anthropology and psychology of fear

We are slowly reaching the night of Halloween, and I bet most of you are being bombarded by reruns of horror films, skulls, blood cocktails (I’m serious – there is a huge amount of Halloween themed cocktails and mocktails out there, and some of the best recipes can be found on Pinterest, so if you …

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Black cats and chthonic worlds

Today, we’re into superstitions, black cats and voodoo dolls. Or something similar, but far less eloquently phrased (thank you for this song, Ricky Martin, you created a classic! 🙂 ). Black cats are irrevocably connected to Halloween, be it as witches’ familiars or simply a living form of the devil; but the superstitions go further …

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