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Microaggressions - a Strategy from the Strong Grid/Weak Group Quadrant

I put forward here a modest suggestion for further bona fide academic work for anyone working with the Cultural Theory ideas of Mary Douglas. 527 more words


Review: Purity and Danger - Mary Douglas


Damn, I know this book is supposed to be a classic and everything, but I couldn’t engage with it at all. I think I just find the whole field of anthropology – by which I understand the work of the colonisers in describing, categorising, comparing and assessing the colonised (along with the colonisers’ assumptions that such work is valuable and righteous) – fundamentally offensive. 7 more words


dwelling habits and spaces of solitude

This morning, as rain drums down on the balcony ledge, I am thinking about how places become familiar, and, along those lines, how we come to know places where we live in a tactile sense. 1,324 more words

Ghost in the Machine

I’ve been thinking about identity. I came across this:

[O]nly ten percent of the DNA present within our bodies belongs to our own cells; the rest resides within the ten to one hundred trillion bacteria and other organisms of several hundred species which inhabit our bodies.¹

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The Enjo Demo: a ritual transformation from a history of filth

I recently went to an Enjo demonstration (party?). I can’t say that I’m a convert, but you have to wonder since over 250 years have passed since the Industrial Revolution, something had to be done about improvements in home cleaning. 2,021 more words


Browny-locks and the Three Bears

“Mommy, I can’t see the bear inside her,” my 11-year old daughter said after an especially salty interaction with someone.  “I’ll keep looking, though.” 723 more words


Shabbat Tazria-Metzora: Time Out

This week’s double parashah reflects a fundamental understanding of ancient Israelite religion – and we are not sure that we know what it is. Between parashat Tazria and parashat Metzora, we are presented for four solid chapters of VaYikra (Leviticus) with rules of what anthropologist Mary Douglas called “purity and danger” in her book of the same name. 529 more words