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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

The (Anthropological) Truth about Walls

From the Great Wall of China to Hadrian's Wall to the New Amsterdam Wall on Wall Street to the Wall defended by Castle Black, walls have a long-standing place in history and pop culture to defend people. But they're sites of complex interactions, too

February 7, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa

The Social Benefits of Dinner Parties

Large group meals that are sponsored and produced by specific individuals are a luxury—both in terms of the foods that are served in these settings and the event itself—but they are also ripe with obligation. 

January 16, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa

The Importance of Holiday Cards

Sending written holiday greetings is not a new tradition. Holiday cards are new, however. Where did this practice come from and why does it persist?

December 24, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

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