Category Consumption

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 […]

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 […]

Our ‘Fashion Fast’: Week 5

We are nearly to the end of our 6-week ‘6 items challenge.’ As eight undergraduates and one lecturer at the University of Sussex, we have committed to living in just 6 items of clothing for 6 weeks to raise money for the labour rights charity, Labour Behind the Label. Read about the first, second, third, and […]

Our ‘Fashion Fast’: Week 4

We have entered the 5th week of our ‘6 items challenge.’ As eight Anthropology / International Development / International Relations / Geography undergraduates and one lecturer at the University of Sussex, we have committed to living in just 6 items of clothing for 6 weeks to raise money for the labour rights charity, Labour Behind […]

Our ‘Fashion Fast’: Week 2

by Amelia Yates **Read about the first, third, and fourth week of our ‘fashion fast.’ If you can, please donate to our efforts to raise money for the labour rights charity Labour Behind the Label.** Clothing is our social skin, a strategic resource for the unmaking and remaking of identities and groups. Our American and European skins are crafted […]

From The Field: Superbowl Sunday, The Dude Abides?

by Jonny Craig Last week the New England Patriots faced off against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53. At this, the culmination of the NFL season, five-time winners, the Patriots, carried the tag of overwhelming favourites, having reached the final in nine of the last twenty seasons. Having paid no attention to the […]

Ghana, Electronic Waste, and the Circular Economy

By Tim Perkin As the demand for ICT increases worldwide, it is surprising how little is known about what happens to our electronic goods that are thrown away. E-waste is the surplus and broken electronic items that are discarded with no intent for reuse. This could range from phones, to laptops, to fridges, to cables […]

Fame, femininity, financial vitriol: a methodology of Kommercial success

by Mac Spencer We begin at one of this century’s most infamous ascents to celebrity status, which I assume needs little retelling. In 2007, a leaked sex tape of Kim Kardashian and her then-boyfriend catapulted Kardashian, an individual requiring no introduction, to near-instant fame. After initially attempting to sue media company Vivid Entertainment and block […]

Review: The Darjeeling Distinction

By Peter Luetchford ** Reprinted from Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies Sarah Besky’s informative monograph on tea plantations in the northern Indian district of Darjeeling fills a gap in the literature on Fair Trade commodities, and so complements ethnographic studies such as those on coffee, bananas, and chocolate . It plays a key […]