anthropology

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 »

Aliens among us

Aliens among us

Why has the belief in extraterrestrials persisted across time and space, and what can this belief tell us about ourselves?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 »