Author Archives: guestanthropologist

Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu: Textile livelihoods under threat

by Geert De Neve **Reprinted by permission from the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme.** On the 24th of March 2020, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete national lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 on the subcontinent. While this brought the movements of more than 1.3 billion people to an almost immediate halt, many […]

Are slum tours doing more harm than good?

by Rachel Jackson Last year, I spent several months working in an NGO in Peru. Before travelling home, I decided to take a trip to Brazil and spend a week in Rio de Janeiro. Sat in the hostel social area, I picked up the booklet containing all the various tourism activities available. Flicking through with […]

Going home. Going home? The anthropologist is coming along

by Hannah Schwemin Booking flights, getting train tickets, stuffing bags and guessing how much space we need for the food we will bring back with us from our visit home. But is it even possible to visit home? December is that time of the year when many people go home to see their families. For […]

We tend to forget – people on the other side of the world

by Hannah Schwemin One year. A couple of months more. It has been one year and a couple of months since I was working in La Paz (Bolivia), taking in every moment of the city and its people. So much can happen within one year. Still, it is short enough a time that it feels […]

Sex Sells: Female Athletes’ Use of Instagram

by Lucy Shepherd We have all seen it, female athletes being used as sex objects to sell products, pictured on billboards in bikinis or sports bras, posed in passive positions, while their male counterparts are posed in athletic stances. Female athletes have to deal with a multitude of obstacles including sexist uniforms, having their success […]

‘We’re Not Allowed to be Girls!’ Resisting Gender-Neutral Uniform

by Anne-Meike Fechter For those unfamiliar with the issue, the news that a group of parents and pupils at an East Sussex secondary school staged a protest on the first day of term against the final-stage roll-out of a gender neutral uniform, may seem bemusing. Why would girls, and their parents, actively resist a policy that […]

The Illusion of Eternal Independence: Exploring Alternative Approaches to Ageing

by Chloe Place ‘Buenas noches’, I say for the fifteenth time, planting the last round of goodnight kisses on everyone’s cheeks. I have spent the evening with a large extended family who are taking part in my research in a small Andalusian town. Spain currently holds the crown for the highest life expectancy of any […]

Review: Us

**Republished with permission from Tossed Observations Inc.** by Jonathan Craig Suspenseful, cinematically impressive, and majestically scored, Jordan Peele’s latest feature-length effort is, on balance, a triumph. Following 2017’s critically acclaimed Get Out, Us (2019) uses the template of a classic horror-thriller to spotlight the social ills of the modern day United States. Macabre humour and […]

Our ‘Fashion Fast’: 6-week Reflections

**We are thrilled to have completed our 6-week, 6-item ‘fashion fast’ and have raised more than £600 for the labour rights NGO, Labour Behind the Label. If you would like to contribute to our fundraising efforts, please click here – thank you!** Read about the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth weeks of our ‘fashion fast.’ by Joana Pereira When I […]

Our ‘Fashion Fast’: Week 6

**We are thrilled to have completed our 6-week, 6-item ‘fashion fast’ and have raised more than £600 for the labour rights NGO, Labour Behind the Label. If you would like to contribute to our fundraising efforts, please click here – thank you!** Read about the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth weeks of our ‘fashion fast.’ by Rifka Fehr The last six […]