Tag: self

Beauty Filters: New Tech, Old Problems

Dolly Church , November 29th, 2022


Retaining a youthful appearance is a laborious and painful exercise, often rife with invisible labor. Digital beauty tech has made it much easier. Rather than altering our own…


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Anthropology and Autobiography 30 years on: An Interview with Judith Okely

AJEC Editor , October 5th, 2022


Our latest issue of AJEC was dedicated to the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Anthropology and Autobiography, edited by Judith Okely and Helen Callaway (1992). Judith was kind…


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Photoshopping Desire: Gender, Caste, and the “Authentic” Self

Lakshita Malik , September 6th, 2022


Screenshot of the comments for the post by @photo_paparazzo, being discussed in the blogpost In an Instagram post by a photographer @photo_paparazzo, we see what the labor of…


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A Strange Past Returns Strangely

Alma Gottlieb , March 3rd, 2022


The last time I heard anyone utter the name, Przemysl, I must have been ten or eleven years old. In his thickly Yiddishized English, my maternal grandfather must…


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“Un-fixing” hormones: searching for the multiple in hormonal selves

Lisa Raeder , October 6th, 2020


What are hormones? While biomedical notions of hormones focus on their biological functions in bodies, hormones are also cultural artifacts, shaping understandings of health, normalcy, and what it…


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“L’étranger”: Ariane Benoit on the Fluid Mosaic

Ariane Benoit , February 10th, 2020


Introduction Ariane is an anthropologist and a performer who chose to combine these two disciplines in her professional and personal life. She is now based in Montreal, Canada,…


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Deepfakes, words vs actions, hatred in anthropology and social dissociation: This month on TFS (Re-Release)

The Familiar Strange , August 4th, 2019


On this month’s panel episode, digital anthropologist Dr Stephanie Betz (5:50) discusses “deepfakes”. It’s been possible to doctor images to a very high degree of believability for a…


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Ep. #39 Heartless Foundation, Stories, Reconciliation & Failed Election Prophecies: This month on TFS

The Familiar Strange , June 9th, 2019


On this month’s panel, we welcome Will Grant from The Wholesome Show onto the podcast and introduce Kylie Wong Dolan, one of TFS’ Editorial Board members who is…


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Sticky notes by Simon Cohn

Simon Cohn , April 9th, 2019


I remember when I was a lot younger and my grandmother was still alive, her flat became increasingly filled with small pieces of paper attached by tape to…


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Homage to Those Who Hollered before Me/Meditations on Inheritances and Lineages, Anthropological and Otherwise

Alexandra Frankel , April 8th, 2019


Homage to Those Who Hollered before Me Silence chose me I didn’t choose silence silence immobilized me I could not breathe in my own skin without breaking the…


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Ep. #12 Cultural imaginaries, deepfake videos, hatred in anth, & social dissociation: this month on TFS

The Familiar Strange , April 15th, 2018


This month, Ian (1:12) asks how we should engage when people describe their culture one way, but our observations of their behavior don’t match those descriptions. What is…


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Prevalence of self-harm reflects our social isolation by Chris Millard

Chris Millard , April 4th, 2016


Since the late 1980s growing numbers of mental health professionals and media commentators in Britain and the USA have been concerned with a behaviour labelled as ‘self-harm’, ‘deliberate…


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It’s not just about Chinese migrant workers

Xin Yuan Wang , June 22nd, 2015


Chinese female migrant workers working in a local reflective vest workshop. Photo by Xinyuan Wang A question always strikes me as I write up ethnography and prepare for…


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