Category Archives: Culture

Human Traffic–Past and Present

Special issue From Cultural Dynamics The essays in this issue are animated by the conference “Human traffic: Past and present,” sponsored by the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAR) at Duke University in the fall of 2011. In engaging with … Continue reading

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Food fights and happy meals: The family dinner table as a place of conflict

Power at the table: Food fights and happy meals From Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies The image of the happy family meal is culturally and politically exceptionally powerful. In the United States, government agencies, multinational firms, and religious organizations spend … Continue reading

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Making a point and making a noise: Pussy Riot a punk prayer

From Law, Culture and the Humanities  This article highlights the link between law and music and how they matter to each other. Furthermore it identifies how the aesthetic, the legal, and the political are connected. These links are explored through … Continue reading

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The mutual benefits of green-cultural criminology

A green-cultural criminology: An exploratory outline From Crime Media Culture “Green criminology” is concerned with crimes and harms affecting the natural environment, the planet, and the associated impacts on human and non-human life. Within the last two decades, “green criminology” … Continue reading

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Thatcher’s legacy on ‘race’

UK: ‘May we bring harmony’? Thatcher’s legacy on ‘race’ From Race & Class The legacy of Margaret Thatcher, one of the most controversial prime ministers of the twentieth century, can be found today in the way that nativism has become … Continue reading

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The heightened risk of immigrants developing schizophrenia

Association between degrees of social defeat and themes of delusion in patients with schizophrenia from immigrant and ethnic minority backgrounds From Transcultural Psychiatry Immigrants have a heightened risk of developing schizophrenia, suggesting that social factors play an important role in the … Continue reading

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Focussing on where British Muslims belong, rather than where they come from

British Muslims, memory and identity: Representations in British film and television documentary From European Journal of Cultural Studies The British media’s preoccupation with Britain’s Muslim populations has ebbed and flowed, especially in the wake of 9/11, the London bombings of … Continue reading

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Minority children at a higher risk for weight problems in both the US and England

Race/Ethnicity and nativity disparities in child overweight in the United States and England From American Academy of Political and Social Science With ties to diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, childhood obesity in wealthy countries is certainly of growing concern to … Continue reading

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My pet saved my life: Redemption stories from the homeless

Animals as lifechangers and lifesavers: Pets in the redemption narratives of homeless people From Journal of Contemporary Ethnography Scholars maintain that stories constitute “the self’s medium of being”. In this formulation, people construct and revise their sense of themselves by telling … Continue reading

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The haunting spectacle of crystal meth: A media-created mythology?

From  Crime Media Culture  Media-fuelled panics about drug use and drug control have occurred throughout the history of the modern press. This study examines the creation of current concerns about crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) over the last decade, and how … Continue reading

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A culture of mania: A psychoanalytic view of the incubation of the 2008 credit crisis

Winner of the Imagination Lab Foundation Award for Innovative Scholarship From Organization This article draws on psychoanalytic ideas and their application to social and orga­nizational dynamics, to develop a conceptual framework around the notion of a manic culture and apply … Continue reading

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Have magic, will travel’: Tourism and Harry Potter’s United (Magical) Kingdom

From Tourist Studies This article examines the expanding global tourist trade for fictional places derived from popular narratives that are recreated for the tourist’s pleasure. The study is concerned with a form of tourism whereby imaginary, invented places, as represented … Continue reading

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Children having children? Religion, psychology and the birth of the teenage pregnancy problem

From History of the Human Sciences In recent years the phrase ‘children having children’ has been used by politicians, academics, policy focussed NGO’s and Children’s charities to describe the worrying trend in the UK of rising teenage parenthood. This expression … Continue reading

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Teenage pregnancy is not a racial issue

Black teenage pregnancy: A dynamic social problem From SAGE Open While researchers have long set to determine if there is a tie between race and teenage pregnancy, according to this study, equating black teenagers with the problem of teenage pregnancy … Continue reading

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Tobacco consumption and the poor

Tobacco consumption and the poor: An ethnographic analysis of hand-rolled cigarette (bidi) use in Bangladesh From Ethnography There are an estimated 1.1 billion smokers worldwide, among whom 80 percent live in low and middle income countries. This paper explores the … Continue reading

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