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Seeking: international visual guides of fashion subcultures

Where can I find more visual glossaries of international fashion subcultures, particularly the ones that are lesser-known or more specific? They'll have photos or video of the style, some background on what the style is about and where it's from, and some description of key elements. Some examples of what I'm after are Refinery29's Style out There playlist, this guide to Japanese fashion, and this list of men's fashion.
posted by divabat on Nov 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Books, anthropology research papers etc on permissive culture

I am looking for any research or books on how we in the west went from conservative to permissive in our culture, specifically around clothing styles, movies, marriage norms etc. Details and a word of caution inside. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Nov 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Recommend a basic book comparative "politics" of traditional societies

Looking for a basic intro anthropology text that discusses the breadth of social and political structures in 'traditional' societies across the continents - or just across say Africa, or ... Some comments about the mistaken belief of widespread "communal" cultures across Africa has prompted an interest in the breadth of such variances in cultural organisations in 'earlier' or 'traditional' societies. Thus, an introductory text for the layperson would be good, nothing too massive or encyclopaedic.
posted by mary8nne on Oct 26, 2015 - 4 answers

A couple of questions about Iain M Banks Culture novels

Someone gave me "The Player of Games" by Iain M Banks and, having recently read it, I have a couple of questions about the Culture novels. [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Oct 25, 2015 - 29 answers

Yes, we have fruited plains, but we have no bananas...

Today, even the most obscure ingredient can often be sourced with the click of a few buttons, but back in the day... I'm looking for examples of recent (+/- last 100 yrs) groups of immigrants coming to the US and how either not having access to their usual ingredients or having access to new ingredients may have impacted their traditional recipes. [more inside]
posted by jenquat on Oct 8, 2015 - 22 answers

Social Studies? 101?

I'd like names (if they exist) for the following two ideas: [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Sep 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Maybe the professor just isn't funny

Do you have any suggestions for books, websites, other to help a new arrival to the US with learn general cultural references? I'm mentoring a Chinese student who is attending a mid-size US university. This is her first time in the US, and her English is fantastic. She asked me if I knew of any resources that could help her understand more US cultural references since sometimes she feels lost. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Sep 19, 2015 - 21 answers

Is there a name for this type of context in language?

"Après moi, le deluge" is a famous phrase. Literally it means "After me, the deluge." Idiomatically it essentially means "I don't care what happens after I'm gone, even if the world ends." I get all that. But what is missing from the Wikipedia page I linked to is the historical/cultural context; "the deluge" figuratively refers to the biblical flood described in Genesis 6-9. Is there a specific word for this sort of context for a phrase or term of art? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Sep 15, 2015 - 18 answers

Second v Third Party Norms

Does the relative treatment of second and third parties vary by culture? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Aug 26, 2015 - 3 answers

First World Problems

I'm from the first world. I work for a first world company. I receive a first world wage. Like many people on this site. You would probably find me completely average. But I live in a country that is poor, with a lot of inequality. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Aug 19, 2015 - 51 answers

Modern US culture RSS feed

I'm getting into rss feeds. I just added one from moreintelligentlife.com. Now I would like to add something with edgy, current U.S. culture articles. Arts, literature, science topics are welcome, but nothing political. Needs to have rss feed, or I will never remember to look at them. Any suggestions?
posted by bitslayer on Aug 5, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I successfully transition from the Northeast to the Deep South?

Looking for advice on moving to rural Alabama after a lifetime in Vermont and a college town in upstate New York. I have zero experience with the South. [more inside]
posted by pterodactylichexameter on Aug 4, 2015 - 20 answers

What is the view of trans men in India and the Philippines?

I'm a white American project manager who works extensively with engineers in India and the Philippines (almost all male). All of them know me as female but I am going to come out as a trans man fairly soon. I have no idea how transgenderism (and specifically trans men) are viewed in Indian/Filipino culture. What might I expect? Should I handle the transition any differently with them than with American/Euro colleagues? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Jul 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Help Little Fluffy Grads + Postdocs Fly The Nest

What can a Professor do to help Grad Students (post-Masters) and Postdocs when they go to another country? What problems did you, as a grad/postdoc, have abroad? What helped? What resources exist to help such people? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Jul 28, 2015 - 5 answers

You suck at working in a foreign culture bub.

Short of saying flat out what I said in the title, how can one help people learn to become “bicultural” and adapt to a foreign work style if they are unaware of the need to do so? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 27, 2015 - 13 answers

From the 1940s on, what songs/artists are key to trans* issues in rock?

This coming week begins the revisiting of my intro to rock music course syllabus. I will need your help. One key topic is considering transgender issues in rock music, from~1940s to present. What songs and artists are essential to discuss here? [I'm] not quite asking for a list of trans artists, but for songs, themes, and personas that open up to questions of queerness. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 20, 2015 - 37 answers

Whose idea was it to have an open bar at a lecture?

I was watching a movie where a scene included an academic lecturing on her work. The event was a black tie affair and there was an open bar at the lecture. I suddenly realized that this is common in movies and I've actually been to something like that in real life. Why? [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Jul 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Articles or Papers on depolarizing the US?

I'm tired of reading about how congressional gridlock is the result of increasing political and media polarization. That much is obvious. What I'm interested in knowing is, what proposals are there to end or ameliorate this trend in American culture and politics? Who's thinking about this and writing articles or white papers? What ideas have been floated? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Jun 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for books about different world cultures

I'm looking for books that: 1. List different beliefs and practices of many different world cultures, both contemporary or historical cultures. 2. Are accessible, as in not needing an anthropology degree to understand them. 3. Preferably have pictures. 4. Are non-fiction, NOT a narrative with characters. I just want the facts. 5. Can be for kids or adults. 6. Preferably not internet resources because I want to minimize screen time. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer on Jun 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Exploring the intersection between cuteness and horror

I'm interested in exploring a particular aesthetic that I associate with the art of Yoshitomo Nara. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jun 11, 2015 - 14 answers

It's certainly not like Tumblr...

What would a culture that doesn't hate women look like? I'm looking for books, movies, works of fiction and non-fiction in various formats/media, and your own musings and imaginings. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on May 14, 2015 - 19 answers

Community arts/activist/development orgs in Central Asia

Which organizations working with arts, culture, activism, and/or social justice are based in Central Asia (especially Uzbekistan) and would take international volunteers? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 25, 2015 - 4 answers

You've gotta know the rules if you want to play the game

For the first time in a long time, I have a full-time, long(ish)-term contract position in a "typical" office (one with more than like, 10 employees). I am very excited about it, but need pointers on how to play the game. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Mar 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Does everyone feel special?

Is the sense of personal specialness cross-cultural, or a mark of more individualist societies? Please help me understand differences in cultures. [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Mar 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Warmer climates, jobs, and cultural fit - where to consider moving?

My wife and I currently live in Boston, but I want to live in a warmer climate and she (Industrial Engineering MS) wants to find a job. Which places should we consider moving to? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Feb 24, 2015 - 18 answers

Cultural Rules of Thumb

The advice to "always look both ways before you cross the street" is fairly common in the United States but I once heard of someone from another culture reacting to the concept like it was a genius-level epiphany. He was amazed by what many school children would consider a simple rule of thumb. I'd like to collect a similar set of idioms that might be seen in that way: common in their country of origin, but unknown (and potentially useful) in other parts of the world.
posted by Jeff Howard on Feb 13, 2015 - 13 answers

Seeking audio of Septa Regional Rail conductors' calling the next stop

"This is the R-5 train to Páólí. Néxt stóp, Ò::vèr::bróók! Tickets, please!" The Regional Rail train conductors in the Philly region will forever be associated with formal, stentorian, prosodically elaborated station announcements. Where can I find a recording of these? [more inside]
posted by rschram on Feb 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Endangered U.S. culture: what remains underdocumented?

Tell me about what cultures, cultural practices, arts, religions, languages, lifestyles, hobbies, habits, fashion, unconventional individuals/families, or any other aspects of human life in the U.S. still remain severely underdocumented; or are at risk of fading away before they can be properly or meaningfully documented. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 10, 2015 - 41 answers

How to find an intellectual / creative community of South Asians in NY?

Seeking advice on how to find out about events, screenings, lectures, workshops, and gatherings organized by and for the South Asian community in New York City. [more inside]
posted by coastisclear on Jan 31, 2015 - 7 answers

Benefits, to majority group members, of being in a minority at school?

Do members of majority groups benefit from going to schools where they are in a minority? [more inside]
posted by howfar on Jan 31, 2015 - 22 answers

Art and Chance: A list

I want to compile a list of art works that used chance operations and/or randomness in their creation. I am keen to incorporate pre-20th century, non-Western works, and lots of works by female artists, but anything you can think of will be super helpful. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Kids these days

What is the best fiction that accurately portrays the thoughts and lives of teenagers or young adults in 2014? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Jan 6, 2015 - 13 answers


Am I demisexual and is this rare? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Jan 1, 2015 - 37 answers

When Did "Well THAT happened...." First Happen?

I know it's hard to trace memes back to their very first occurences, but can anyone offer at least early sightings/citings of the phrase "Well, THAT happened...."? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Dec 29, 2014 - 9 answers

Methods for maintaining children's culture and language

How do families maintain cultural heritage and language when living in other cultures AND the parents are the exclusive transmitters of home country culture (I.e. there are no nearby communities and infrastructure for language lessons, cultural activities and groups)? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Dec 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Invoice vs. Receipt - Am I Culturally Clueless?

Are there areas outside the U.S. -- or well-run organizations within it -- where the words Invoice and Receipt are properly used interchangeably? Cultural issues below [more inside]
posted by Hypatia on Dec 19, 2014 - 26 answers

Is office culture in England really as lewd as portrayed in The Office?

Of course I am referring to the BBC version of the show here. I am currently rewatching the series and a few scenes stuck out to me as kind of bizarrely sexist and lewd, in a way that goes above and beyond the usual bounds of a comedy. If there wasn't some bit of truth to these scenes I can't imagine they would have worked that well as jokes in the first place, so I ask thee who have worked in that culture... [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Dec 18, 2014 - 14 answers

How to smooth over problem with co-worker in a professional manner?

My immediate co-worker's list of qualms about me is beginning to rise. Not only do I not understand where it is coming from, I want to come to a solution and communicate effectively on a professional level so that we can at least remain friendly with each other since we need to work closely at times to get things done. More details behind cut. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Dec 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Microbial Culture

Does anyone have any recommendations on some excellent media about microbes in general, and human microbiota specifically? [more inside]
posted by rhooke on Dec 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Famous photographs for 5-6 year olds?

Running a discussion Monday night with a group of 5-6 year olds. We will be discussing how photography has changed the way we view the world, and I was looking for suggestions for some example photos to use. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Nov 29, 2014 - 29 answers

Why is this site in English and Dutch?

In the past, I've seen that sometimes English is interspersed with another language on certain websites. This site, however, has English titles to their posts, but most everything else is in Dutch. Why? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Nov 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Great industry but the people suck. Help?

I'm a university graduate with entirely separate vocational training in an industry that always interested me. I've since worked an entry-level position in said industry but I've discovered that the employers and employees alike are similar culturally in a way that I am not. If I were to draw a Venn diagram of my interests and theirs, it would look like this: O O. I can't change everyone, so do I change myself or my job? [more inside]
posted by thethirdoption on Nov 14, 2014 - 13 answers

I can't drink you under the table. The table's already floating away...

I'm a super lightweight (even if I've eaten) who sometimes goes out drinking with new colleagues, in small groups, often as the only female in the group. I'm a happy melty drunk who gets dreamy and quiet rather than more social -- not the worst of all possibilities, but clearly not right for these important professional contexts. Any strategies for always being the non-drinker or less-than-one-drink-er in occasionally competitive and/or macho drinking cultures?
posted by kalapierson on Nov 13, 2014 - 25 answers

I am about to be disowned.

Have you ever dropped a bomb on your life? Been disowned by your parents? Shunned by your extended family and community? Please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by puppet du sock on Nov 13, 2014 - 42 answers

Being a Gentleman - 21st Century Edition

What is with all this misogyny and hate against women? What can I as a good male of the species do, to stop this? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Nov 4, 2014 - 37 answers

Name! That! Podcast!

My podcast network is piloting a pop culture panel show. Chat about culture high and low, fun and funny and well-informed. It needs a name. What have you got? Pithy and understandable on first glance really helps. If we use yours, we will credit you and send you a box of maximumfun.org stuff from our prize closet :).
posted by YoungAmerican on Oct 28, 2014 - 50 answers

Career change help needed

[Posting for a friend] I am trying to make a career change from finance to tech. Lots of special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by jenbo1 on Oct 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Finally had the "marriage" talk with long term boyfriend

Do our expectations of when to get married one day match up? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Oct 14, 2014 - 41 answers

Rolled R-less cultures

In which cultures/countries is it RARE for people to be able to sustain a tongue-rolled R? (Say, fewer than 1 in 10 people can do it?) In this case I mean sustain artificially long, say for 3 seconds.
posted by kalapierson on Sep 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Intersecionality and bodies

I'd like to read about the intersection of bodies, disability, race, gender, and class. All writing (and other?) genres welcome. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 25, 2014 - 7 answers

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