War and Peace Over the Long Run

Battle of Scheveningen, by Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraaten / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Max Roser Economic Researcher Oxford Martin School The past was not peaceful It would be wrong to believe that the past was peaceful. One reason why some people might have this impression is that many of the past conflicts feature less prominently in[…]

Clinton’s Presumptive Nomination a Victory for the Women’s Movement, Not for Women

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate after winning primaries in California and three other states June 7, 2016, thanks her supporters that night at a rally at the Duggan Greenhouse Building in Brooklyn, N.Y. / Selcuk ACAR/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images By Kate Arnoff / 06.10.2016 Tuesday was a historic day. For the first time in history, a woman will[…]

‘Smart Houses’ – The Ups and Downs

ThinkStock Smart houses may usher in a leisurely world for some and more work for others By Ava Kofman / 06.09.2016 At the turn of the millennium, the Disney Channel releasedSmart House, the greatest installment in its made-for-TV “Original Movie” series. The titular house is smart because it comes equipped with cheerful, feminine, Personal Automated Technology,[…]

Descartes’ Shadow: Boxing and the Fear of Mind-Body Dualism

By Leo Hopkinson Doctoral Candidate in Social Anthropology University of Edinburgh 5:2 (2015) Abstract This article explores the body and self engendered through a boxer’s training, drawing on fieldwork conducted in boxing gyms in Montreal and Edinburgh. Contrary to contemporary anthropological accounts of the sport, I argue that training practices in these gyms instill a dualistic[…]

How the British Let One Million Indians Die in Famine

Antique print of Indian famine victims, 1885 / Alamy From Dr. Dinyar Patel Assistant Professor of History University of South Carolina BBC / 06.11.2016: It has been a difficult summer for India. Drought and a searing heat wave have affected an astonishing 330 million people across the country. But this summer also marks the 150th[…]