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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Orcs, Elves And Graffiti – Observations on Bright

Last week, my Anthropology is everywhere post finished on the simple fact – it was going to be film night (which, incidentally, did not happen until two nights later – first because there was a little pet emergency and then because there was a little domicile emergency, which were both solved with success) and the …

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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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Witches and Witchcraft

  Onwards with the Halloween thematic. 🙂 A witch, warlock, sorcerer/sorceress… plus many local names in many languages all mark one belief – a belief in a human being with supernatural powers. These powers are not necessarily considered evil, or used for evil, by all; but unfortunately, most if not all beliefs know a dualism …

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Case study – The Malawi vampire crisis

  Just yesterday, an article popped up about a worrying situation – the UN leaving Malawi due to a number of threats from the locals concerning a vampire scare, which has already led to the death of one man (who was stoned to death by the mob present) and which threatens to worsen as the …

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Fiction And Fanfiction

There are two kinds of fiction. One supportive of the aura of factuality and one digressing or even openly questioning or defying it. That’s the broad, simple terms. In reality, of course, it’s never that simple. Many works include elements of both where the author was psychologically swaying from one to the other.