Tag: christmas

Gifts are a traditional part of Christmas – but why do we give presents at all?

The Gift, written by Marcel Mauss in 1925, explores why we exchange things and the social rules we follow – and might help explain why gift-giving can be…

Gifts are a traditional part of Christmas – but why do we give presents at all?

The Gift, written by Marcel Mauss in 1925, explores why we exchange things and the social rules we follow – and might help explain why gift-giving can be…

A Christmas Anth(rop)ology

For this week’s blog, we decided to each write some thoughts on Christmas, from varied anthropological perspectives. We come at this from the position of people who were…

Surviving the Holidays, Anthropologist Style

As the holidays inch closer, and you’re beginning to dread joining the bag of mixed nuts you call your family, consider approaching them with anthropologists’ eyes this year….

Santa’s Capitalist Alchemy

The anthropology and myth-making of Santa… Now this might upset you. It might even provoke memories of Scrooge himself. But the gold standard of social science research states,…