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The Slave Girl and the Professor March 1, 2012

Posted in Africana, Civilization, For the Record, New, Open Societies & the Culture Cult, Tribalism.

There’s a small problem with Kwame A. Appiah’s The Honor Code — it doesn’t explain why his “moral revolution” against slavery did not take place in Africa itself.

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Object Lessons January 10, 2012

Posted in Civilization, For the Record, New, Notes.

Those funny things in glass cases may have awkward histories. A museum guide sometimes has to euphemize, dissimulate, and deceive…

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Dreams of Communitas November 28, 2011

Posted in Filmography, New, Tribalism.

Roger Sandall In November 2011 the journal Society held a symposium on Chapter Thirteen of Robin Fox’s book The Tribal Imagination — “The Old Adam and the Last Man, Taming the Savage Mind.” My contribution (RS) dealt with some issues arising from the writings of Victor Turner, Durkheim, and Van Gennep. A short excerpt toward […]

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Film Reviews November 28, 2011

Posted in Filmography.

Walbiri Ritual at Gunadjari 1968. A review in The American Anthropologist (1970) by W. E. H. Stanner. The Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies was established by the Commonwealth Government in 1961, with a handsome annual grant, for research into the traditional culture of the Aborigines. It devotes a substantial part of its funds to making […]

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Introduction — Aboriginal ceremonies in Central Australia October 28, 2011

Posted in Filmography.

The physical topography of central Australia is familiar — large areas of sandy semi-desert with rocky outcrops, waterholes, and caves. The religious topography of Aboriginal belief may be less well known, yet it can be easily understood since it was in many ways geographically indistinguishable: for each landscape feature there were associated spirit beings, many […]

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The Origins of Theatre October 20, 2011

Posted in Theatre, Tribalism.

Victor Turner, Durkheim, Van Gennep In November 2011 the sociological journal Society held a symposium on Chapter Thirteen of Robin Fox’s book The Tribal Imagination — “The Old Adam and the Last Man, Taming the Savage Mind.” My contribution (RS) dealt with some issues arising from the writings of Victor Turner, Durkheim, and Van Gennep. […]

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Tribal Realism and Robin Fox August 10, 2011

Posted in Civilization, New, Open Societies & the Culture Cult, Tribalism.

There is no “Libyan People”. The phrase should be banned as misleading and purely rhetorical. In places like Libya one’s first allegiance is to family, clan, and tribe…

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Harvard Meets the Man from Boggabilla May 30, 2011

Posted in For the Record, New, Science.

“There is a history of what one might call the nosology and etiology of error upon which diagnosis and therapy depend…” Sorry. How was that again?

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Designer Tribalism — the communal great escape March 3, 2011

Posted in New, Open Societies & the Culture Cult, People, Tribalism.

Everybody wants out. City dwellers want out to the country, and tourists can’t go far enough searching for exotic locations and wide open skies…

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Documentary films made by Roger Sandall November 3, 2010

Posted in Filmography, For the Record.

Titles Festivals Walbiri Ritual at Ngama 1966 [Festival dei Popoli, Florence 1967] Djungguan at Yirrkala 1966 The Mulga Seed Ceremony 1967 [Festival dei Popoli, Florence 1968] Emu Ritual at Ruguri 1967 [Venice Film Festival, 1st prize for documentary, 1968] Walbiri Ritual at Gunadjarai 1969 [Australian Film Awards, 1969] Gunabibi: an Aboriginal Fertility Cult 1968 Pintubi […]

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Arabian Nights, Baghdad Days — romancing the Middle East August 6, 2010

Posted in New, People, Tribalism.

What’s with The Arabian Nights? How explain the attraction of the mysteriously medieval East? The djinns? The camels? The alluring houris in their dove-grey veils…

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Nomad – Excerpts August 6, 2010

Posted in New, Tribalism.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali compares the virtues of Western civilization with the vices of her original homeland Somalia, argues that not all cultures or religions are equal, and notes the flood of refugees heading west from the Islamic lands…

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