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Anthropology: The Stigma of Homelessness in Australia and its Effects on Society

Homelessness is a troubling social issue concerning the number of people who are homeless. These people are unanchored and detached from society with minimal stability or security. Importantly, homelessness is more than not having a house; it’s also about not … Continue reading Anthropology: The Stigma of Homelessness in Australia and its Effects on Society

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Anthropology: Storytelling and Silence in Australian Aboriginal Culture

A note: Anthropologists have found that the answers they find in their work are often dependent upon the questions they ask. It also depends on how the anthropologist filters those answers through their own subjective understanding. Therefore, I recognise that … Continue reading Anthropology: Storytelling and Silence in Australian Aboriginal Culture

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Anthropology: Lasting Sociocultural Impact on Australian Aboriginals From Colonial History

Note for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers: this written material contains the name of a deceased person and may contain images of deceased persons. I recognise my position as a White Australian writing in the area of Aboriginality. Therefore, … Continue reading Anthropology: Lasting Sociocultural Impact on Australian Aboriginals From Colonial History

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Travel Guide: Diverse Foodie Culture in Multicultural Melbourne

Multicultural Melbourne nurtures a diverse foodie culture that mirrors its cultural history. With the 10th largest immigration population in the world, Melbourne has been described as a ‘multicultural melting pot’. From Chinese dumpling houses in Chinatown on Little Burke Street … Continue reading Travel Guide: Diverse Foodie Culture in Multicultural Melbourne

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The Artistic-Legal Divide: Protecting Street Art in a World That Criminalizes Graffiti

The idea that graffiti consists of ugly tags parasitically embedded on buildings’ walls is a common perspective around the world. But at the same time, there is a deep respect and admiration for extravagant street murals that burst with colour. … Continue reading The Artistic-Legal Divide: Protecting Street Art in a World That Criminalizes Graffiti

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Ecology: Ecotourism in the World’s Most Enchanting Rainforests

Ecotourism is: ‘Ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.’ Rainforests are the natural gemstones of our planet. The tall, lush canopy dotted with vibrant butterflies and cawing … Continue reading Ecology: Ecotourism in the World’s Most Enchanting Rainforests

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Anthropology: Unwrapping the Layers of a Cultural Christmas and Gift Exchange

Understanding the anthropology of a cultural Christmas offers diverging perspectives on the festive holiday. More than just a distinct day in the December calendar, Christmas time illuminates cultural values that tell endless stories about our society and what we adore. … Continue reading Anthropology: Unwrapping the Layers of a Cultural Christmas and Gift Exchange

Ecology: How the Fast Food Industry is Destroying Our Environment

If fast food’s detrimental effects on our health weren’t enough, the problem extends beyond our bodies. Our junk food addiction is, quite literally, creating our very own junkyard. ‘Every day around 84 million adults consume fast food in the US … Continue reading Ecology: How the Fast Food Industry is Destroying Our Environment

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Animal Cruelty and Human Superiority at the Melbourne Cup Horseracing Carnival

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most renowned Thoroughbred horse race that takes place on the first Tuesday of every November. It is a 3200-metre race open for everyone to attend and is conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse as … Continue reading Animal Cruelty and Human Superiority at the Melbourne Cup Horseracing Carnival