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Mary Douglas's Garden

What is a weed? Perhaps that’s a trick question. And
no, I’m not talking about marijuana (although according to Agriculture
Victoria, marijuana is, in fact, classified as a “noxious weed”. 893 more words

Present

B O D Y I M A G E - a reflection of society's 'expectations'.

We live in societies which thrive as a bustling, digital metropolis. How many likes? How many comments? Do I look too big or do I look a bit too small? 580 more words

Anthropology

For the pangolin

Why does one not say, to describe the absolute power of God, “God is small,” “really small,” instead of saying “God is great”? I leave you to reply to this question. 2,032 more words

Literature, Philosophy & Theory

Zhang Huan: Actions of Pain

Zhang Huan has become one of China’s most well known and respected artist around the world today. He came from a generation of Chinese arts who wanted to challenge and provoke through their work. 865 more words

Nature, red in tooth and claw

In Wealth of Nations first published in 1776, Adam Smith stated that “it is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. 955 more words

Healthcare

'Waste and the Superfluous' A Fact Sheet

Waste isn’t just about literal garbage, but it is also about ‘matter out of place’ (Douglas 1966). It’s about the value, or lack thereof, that we place on objects and why we throw them away. 202 more words

Zero Waste

“Purity and Danger” by anthropologist Mary Douglas explores tribal culture’s and their hyper emphasis of purity and its relationship to “perceived” danger.  The “danger” is usually the fear of contamination  by new ideas from beyond the pale of their culture but also from within the culture as deviance from within is always present within any culture that has any dynamic quality. 525 more words

Christianity