The RITUAL, POLITICS & POWER of Our World

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve never seen the term ‘ritual’ used much to describe life in the UK. It’s almost always imbued with a kind of exoticism and alienness, evoking images of localism, ancient heritage, simplicity. It is, essentially, othered. It’s also, obviously, complete bullshit, as David Kertzer’s Ritual, Politics & Power illustrates…

How to THINK LIKE AN ANTHROPOLOGIST

Back in secondary school, I had a teacher who was fond of saying “Geography is everything” (three guesses as to what she taught). I was always slightly dubious that one discipline could encompass everything, least of all one which, at that point, was still just studying mountains and the weather. Cut to today and I’ve…