A collection of blue painted crosses in the Merry Cemetery with a cartoon-like painting of a man on the front of the primary cross with greenery and flowers in the background

Anthropology: The Merry Cemetery in Romania’s Cultural Tourism Industry

In the small North Romanian village of Săpânța dwells a home for the dead; a graveyard complete with thousands of protruding wooden tombstones perfectly structured like soldiers. But unlike the common cemetery – where dull, concrete slabs form monotonous rows … Continue reading Anthropology: The Merry Cemetery in Romania’s Cultural Tourism Industry

A spacious dining room with purple pillows on the floor around a small table with a pot of tea and a big window stretched across the back wall

Anthropology: What Can We Learn from Zen Minimalism and Design in Japanese Culture?

The Western world has embraced minimalism as a visually pleasing style. However, Japanese zen minimalism sees beyond this. With its roots steeped in years of tradition and spirituality, zen minimalism is more than an appealing trend. It is an entire … Continue reading Anthropology: What Can We Learn from Zen Minimalism and Design in Japanese Culture?

A woman sits next to a clay hut in a witch camp peeling fruits

Anthropology: Witchcraft and Social Control in Ghana. Is it Magic or Mastery?

Witchcraft has always been a secretive practice, but when we uncover it, what do we see? Close your eyes and visualise a witch. What comes to mind? Perhaps a cloaked figure perched on a magically hovering broomstick? Or a mysterious … Continue reading Anthropology: Witchcraft and Social Control in Ghana. Is it Magic or Mastery?

Children working in Bolivian Mines

Commodity Fetishism and Power in the Bolivian Mines

Commodity fetishism implies that relationships are less about people, and more about things. In a world that is increasingly connected through products and devices, we are also met with disconnected social relationships and intensified global inequalities. Through this lens, this … Continue reading Commodity Fetishism and Power in the Bolivian Mines

Anthropology: Foot Binding as Symbolism of Socio-Economic Status in Ancient China

Foot Binding: Symbols of Fashion, Femininity, Food & Fortune Dunked into a bath of animal blood and herbs, the toes are squeezed against the palm of the foot until they are broken. A piece of cloth is bound tightly around … Continue reading Anthropology: Foot Binding as Symbolism of Socio-Economic Status in Ancient China

Black and white image of two police officers standing over a homeless person lying on the concrete floor in a sleeping bag

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

An orange cave face with light orange and brown paintings resembling human and animal figures

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