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Anthropology in Practice

Fooling Ourselves: The Everyday Role of Ritual


April Fools’ Day is not unique to Western cultures. People all over the world and all throughout history have celebrated the coming of Spring with festivals of deception and lightheartedness. In this spirit, all this week, we’ll explore themes of magic, fraud, and trickery. Today is Opening Day for the New York Mets. Like other [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Deconstructing Rituals of Reconciliation

Ed note – We’re digging in the archives today: This post originally appeared on Anthropology in Practice on June 27th, 2011. “It’s hard for me to say I’m sorry.” Readers may find that the title for this section triggers a certain refrain by Chicago (or BoysIIMen, depending on how old you are). Apologies in advance [...]

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Bering in Mind

Of Cultures Destroyed by Western Sexual Exploitation and Violent Religious Prudery

H. Laval (1807-1880)

In working on my latest book Perv, some of the saddest material I came across involved the stormy cross-cultural conflicts erupting between Western ideals of sex and those discovered among other “exotic” societies. The field of cultural anthropology has its own dark history in this regard. For an embarrassingly long time, in fact, some unethical scholars [...]

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