The Human Body

An orientalist orthorexia

An orientalist orthorexia

When do healthy habits stop, and harmful ones begin? Drawing on her own experience with an eating disorder, Ruth Flynn explores how the West commodifies Eastern health practices to find answers to our own cultural problems. Read on »

How burying my father made me believe in anthropology

How burying my father made me believe in anthropology

Cultural differences can be shocking, especially when they involve death. When her father died suddenly in the Philippines, Henrietta Chico Nofre struggled to deal with local practices involving the body. She turned to anthropology to help her cope with the trauma and understand cultural differences, rather than judge them.Read on »

How burying my father made me believe in anthropology

How burying my father made me believe in anthropology

Cultural differences can be shocking, especially when they involve death. When her father died suddenly in the Philippines, Henrietta Chico Nofre struggled to deal with local practices involving the body. She turned to anthropology to help her cope with the trauma and understand cultural differences, rather than judge them.Read on »

Breakfast at 9pm?

Breakfast at 9pm?

Why would anyone voluntarily deprive themselves of food and water? Elizabeth Challinor fasted for a day during Ramadan to support a Muslim friend and see things from the other side.Read on »

How burying my father made me believe in anthropology

How burying my father made me believe in anthropology

Cultural differences can be shocking, especially when they involve death. When her father died suddenly in the Philippines, Henrietta Chico Nofre struggled to deal with local practices involving the body. She turned to anthropology to help her cope with the trauma and understand cultural differences, rather than judge them.Read on »

Why can't cyclists read maps?

Why can't cyclists read maps?

During my ethnographic research among inner-city cycling activists, I would ask cyclists to plot on maps the routes they rode most regularly. Surprisingly, despite being confident, regular riders, most cyclists had difficulty plotting their route. The dissonance struck me: why can't cycling activists read maps?Read on »