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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. 869 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. 953 more words


'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. 192 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. 521 more words


Amitai Romm: A Library of Sphincters

Have a breathe in.

Let the mingled molecules of nitrogen, oxygen, argon caress your nose hairs, slip under your epiglottis and tickle the cilia that line your trachea on the way in. 1,095 more words

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Mary Douglas and Scandinav-ious Witches

Mary Douglas, an important English anthropologist, argued that the violations of the body are a sort of symbolic representation of the violation of a wider cultural system; the anxiety of violation relates to the entire societies’ norms being threatened (Stewart & Strathern, 2004). 995 more words

‘Purification as a Public Service’: Anti-Witchcraft Shaving Rituals in Rural Tanzania

*Content Warning* for violence, murder.

According to Green and Mesaki (2005) Tanzania is one of the most ‘fertile grounds’ for witchcraft studies. Witchcraft is often a very real part of everyday life for the 100+ ethnic groups living in the country. 976 more words