Fetish: No one fought for the vote in Britain.

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Voting may well have been hard fought. Why do you think it was so hard fought? Why? Why? Why? It is not many, if any, of the citizens of the UK today who have… Continue reading

An overheard scribble

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States of Fear in South East Asia

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In Werner Herzog’s 1972 film ‘Aguirre: Wrath of God’ the protagonist, the deranged conquistador Lope de Aguirre, leads a small army of Spanish soldiers deeper into the Amazon in search of El Dorado.… Continue reading

The Augmented Human

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“Is it not absurd for men to be involuntarily altered in their inmost lives by some mere technological extension of our inner senses?” Marshall McLuhan in Philosophy Now (Benson, 2011) Videodrome – David Chronnenburg… Continue reading

Nation State Making & the Environment; Questions Posed by the Scottish Referendum

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I have noticed that all the countries I have visited recently that what constitutes those Nations is fractured. They do not exhibit the features of a clearly bounded Nation but different regions and… Continue reading

The Acting of War; Sirens and Gas.

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“In schools children carried out gas mask drills, as well as rather brutal ‘live gas tests’ in which they were immersed in tear gas to check that the masks were functioning and properly… Continue reading

Primitivising Africa; Paying for being Colonised

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“When Sékou Touré of Guinea decided in 1958 to get out of french colonial empire, and opted for the country independence, the french colonial elite in Paris got so furious, and in a… Continue reading

Hypotheses and Research Questions

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Introduction I recently conducted a short mini-project titled ‘A Man & Food’1. I will use this mini-project to analyse and reflect on my current understanding of two related approaches to anthropological research that… Continue reading

‘the boy with the bamboo stick’

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This essay draws on João de Pina-Cabral’s monograph – ‘Between China and Europe; Person, Culture, and Emotion in Macao’ (2002 )- to explore passage, personhood, and reciprocity (1) as indicative that relationships are not… Continue reading

Conservation Practice at the Interface between Local Communities, NGOs and their Environment

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I am conducting a 4 year study on hunting and conservation from 09/2013 – 09/2017. You can find further information on my Research Profile on the School of Anthropology and Conservation website by… Continue reading

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