Purity and Danger

Questions: Douglas claims that the book is “a late blow struck in the battle which anthropology in the 1940s and 1950s was fighting against racism.” What characterized this “battle,” and was it within or without the field itself? Why this time period? Are all anthropologists social constructionists, or have we just been reading a lot … More Purity and Danger

Health & Water in the Middle Ages

Health and Water in the Middle Ages: A Historiographical Survey             As a requirement for life, water has enjoyed an interactive relationship with humanity through the ages, and this is no less true of the medieval era this survey will cover from about the ninth-century to the fifteenth AD. Because of its cleansing properties, symbolic … More Health & Water in the Middle Ages

Engineers of Happyland

Engineers of Happyland, Rudolf Mrázek          Rudolf Mrázek’s work, clothed in the language of a history of technology, was in fact not a history of technology at all. Instead, Mrázek artfully uses technology to discuss his real interest — nationalism and modernity in the colonial setting. Through the lenses of the ways that people make and … More Engineers of Happyland