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Gallivanteer - noun; One Who Gallivants ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I travel the world and find unlikely stories in unorthodox places. Here you will find my thoughts, musings and other writings.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To navigate by genre, please see the categories at the of this page.

Anthropology of Consumption – Part 2: Coca Cola

The second part of this assignment focused on the social life of a can of Coca Cola. You can find part one here. These questions were taken from Igor Kopytoff’s The Cultural Biography of Things (1986). They were selected as these are the questions Kopytoff supposes might be asked of a commodity’s social history. Where did … Continue reading Anthropology of Consumption – Part 2: Coca Cola

Anthropology of Consumption – Part One

Similar to my previous piece, this is an extract from a larger project I completed as part of my material culture module. Occado   For this lab session, I decided to “follow” my friend who ordinarily does her shopping on the online supermarket – Occado. She has asked to remain anonymous and shall be referred … Continue reading Anthropology of Consumption – Part One

How is human mate choice selected for by evolution?

If the purpose of evolution is to ensure the greatest chances of passing on the genes of a species, then mate choice is surely among the most important aspects of evolution. This essay will analyse the ways in which human mate selection is governed by evolution. Human mate choice is evolutionarily selected for, based upon … Continue reading How is human mate choice selected for by evolution?

What are the most important prerequisites for egalitarian living? Ethnographically illustrate your answer.

All existing egalitarian societies are hunter-gatherers. The absence of resource scarcity characterizes the physical characteristics and geographical locations of their societies (Bird-David,1990). This,however, is not what makes those societies egalitarian. Such societies have cultural standards of egalitarianism which must be actively enforced. This creates a meta-social structure which asserts egalitarian lifestyles. In this essay I … Continue reading What are the most important prerequisites for egalitarian living? Ethnographically illustrate your answer.