Contemporary Culture

Snow goggles and rotten pears

Snow goggles and rotten pears

Anthropologists are increasingly sharing their data online. Celia shares some intriguing online libraries and archives, giving you tips on where to explore on your own!Read on »

Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the US-Mexico Border

Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the US-Mexico Border

Why might a person have the same feelings towards a piece of malachite that a mother has towards her child? Does it puzzle you that a small semi-precious Mexican mineral specimen could sell for two million dollars? If so, then Elizabeth Ferry's book Minerals, Collecting, and Value Across US-Border Relations can shed some light on these issues for you.Read on »

The Making of Home

The Making of Home

If you are reading this article at home, take a look around you and see if you can tell what makes this place home. Chances are, there are a dozen objects—furniture, decorations, architectural features—that would be conspicuous in their absence, yet you probably take them for granted.Read on »

The Lively Science

The Lively Science

What does it mean to say that we can explain human behaviour scientifically? Is this even possible? In The Lively Science: Remodeling Human Social Research, Michael Agar says yes, but not in the way that you might expect.Read on »