So two books I really love are Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love how they go into the details of the period they take place, particularly the fashion and food. It was also only recently I realised that they take place roughly around the same era. It really surprised me because they are so completely different to one another. Francie has an alcoholic father and the family can barely get food on the table; Betsy's biggest ordeal is falling in love with a boy that doesn't like her back and not studying for an essay contest. So my question is two-fold and is aimed at requesting book suggestions. [more inside]
posted by like_neon
on Jul 25, 2014 -
I'm interested in resources (particularly blogs) that will help me learn about the interesting aspects of other cultures. I would like to be exposed to ideas that will challenge my assumptions about what is "normal" and about how society should work
posted by casebash
on Jan 2, 2014 -
Anthropologists, please help-- I'm looking for unique examples of interpersonal relationships or family/friendship customs that are blatantly transactional, specifically in so-called "primitive" tribes or far-flung cultures that exist/have existed within the past century. The more surprising, extreme, or out-there the anecdote, the better. [more inside]
posted by np312
on Nov 29, 2013 -
Korean culture filter: Are you familiar with Korean culture from 30 years ago? Can you tell me if these experiences were normal in terms of the social culture at that time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 27, 2012 -
I have no idea how to talk to normal people about my not-normal relationship, particularly when it comes to parents. At what point does it become strange? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe
on Sep 14, 2012 -
I read (and failed to bookmark) an article or blog post a week or two ago that drew parallels between the idea of "corporate personhood" and the "quantify everything, optimize your own happiness" ethos shared by many young people today. Basically the gist of it was that many people were emulating corporate "persons" rather than real people as role models. Can you help me find it?
posted by idontlikewords
on Aug 24, 2012 -
Enlighten me on current state of the art thinking, discourse and vocabulary around gender politics please. Terminally unique details inside. [more inside]
posted by infini
on Aug 22, 2012 -
To what extent do American Highschools resemble the stereotypical American Highschool seen in just about every movie and TV show ever, withever present competition for social status, rigidly defined cliques, omnipresent bullying, etc... etc?
posted by Artw
on Jul 18, 2012 -
What could slow down the pace of change (religious/scientific/economic/cultural) in a civilization? (Please see specific details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729
on Jul 11, 2012 -
I'm interested in resources relating studies on discrimination in the United States today. I'm thinking of something along the lines of this Tim Wise post
linking to a bunch of studies, but something a little more comprehensive, recent, without links through Facebook, if possible. Am particularly interested in data along the lines Wise mentions, about contemporary discrimination against African Americans in housing, employment, etc. Does this exist? Thanks!
posted by ibmcginty
on May 2, 2012 -
When children's books first became inexpensive enough for average parents to buy, were they looked down upon as a technology which limits a child's imagination? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle
on Apr 7, 2012 -
In watching Azumanga Daioh (anime) and in comments here and around the web, there seems to be a trope or expectation or whatever you would call it that Japanese people are actually afraid of foreigners.
Is that accurate? If so, why is that?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies
on Jan 14, 2012 -
I'm wondering about what measures can be taken to increase gender diversity in male-dominated workplaces. For women who work in male-dominated fields - how did your company's culture contribute to creating an appealing work environment for you? What can be done to build and foster this kind of culture? [more inside]
posted by remixnine
on Sep 11, 2011 -
I've often heard it mentioned that life in the USA in the 1950s was 'innocent'. I get a vague understanding of this of course; family values were high, conservatism was the norm, morality was almost Victorian etc., but what exactly does 'innocence' mean when used to describe a society at large, 1950s USA in particular? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto
on Jun 12, 2011 -
My girlfriend is writing her masters thesis about the series The Wire from the standpoint of a social worker. I'm looking for good sources for her e.g. she told me about a professor who teaches The Wire in his classes (see: Slate article
). [more inside]
posted by wolfr
on Mar 15, 2011 -
Looking for books that revisit a person or groups of people at different points in their lives, a la the "Up" series by Michael Apted. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Mar 7, 2011 -
Know any non-fiction works, books preferred but online/journal/paper articles too, on the end of American liberalism? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ
on Jul 19, 2010 -
Back in the days when people commonly smoked inside their offices, and everywhere else, was it common/acceptable/possibly even polite?
for people to smoke while sitting on the toilet? If so, was there a gender divide? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones
on May 9, 2010 -
How accurate are the media portrayals of young people engaging in risky sexual behaviors? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Jul 8, 2009 -
Looking for variety of different podcasts or radio shows to listen to. Please give me many recommendations. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Mar 3, 2009 -
Is it rational for me to become irritated when I see people with their windshield wipers on full speed when there is only a light drizzle? Does this irritate anyone else?
posted by ascetic
on Feb 19, 2009 -
Who was the Ur-Paris? Who were the Paris Hiltons of yesteryear? Whenever I find myself in conversation with people-who-think-they're-smarter-than-everyone, I know that I will soon be subjected to a rant about how we now live in the most facile of times, obsessed with celebrities like Paris Hilton. I'd like to hear arguments for the opposing view: that this is nothing new, that, throughout history, it has always been human nature to be interested in the lives of certain people... [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem
on Oct 5, 2008 -
I've decided that I want to research / work in the development of strong, sustainable local communities using social networks, web and mobile technologies and urban design practice (particularly new urbanism). The problem is, I don't know how or where to get started in this field. [more inside]
posted by pipstar
on Mar 19, 2008 -
I'm looking for books where the author immerses himself in an experience and then writes about it [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Feb 7, 2008 -
Are there any books that take a Freakonomics like approach to explaining and analyzing urban sprawl? [more inside]
posted by stedman15
on Feb 6, 2008 -
Looking for books that talk about aspects of society or culture in new and interesting ways. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Jan 10, 2008 -
I'm considering applying for a maths PhD in Singapore. I'm from the UK. I'd like some thoughts on living there for an extended period. As far as I can tell there's been a certain degree of liberalization recently - any opinion on that?
posted by topynate
on Nov 28, 2007 -
What are some good books and magazines related to social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and the Fourth Sector? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Oct 9, 2007 -
What were some of the most idyllic communities to have ever existed? I’m not looking for opinions, I’m looking for hard anthropological examples or studies that have been carried out on such cultures. [more inside]
posted by heylight
on Aug 29, 2006 -
I'm having trouble tracking down information about a movement in Dada-ist Art
I heard about a few years ago. From what I remember Dadaist idealism inspired a group of artists to contemplate the organic development of urban environments. Art, using the defined structure of the city, to reflect the chaotic order which arises from nature.
Did this century old
movement exist or has my brain made it up?
posted by 0bvious
on Apr 26, 2006 -
Why is the marijuana usage rate in Japan (0.05%) so much lower than anywhere else?
posted by Tlogmer
on Sep 9, 2005 -
It strikes me that English doesn't have any good words for genitalia. I attribute this to our repressed culture. Any words for our naughty
parts are either porn words, schoolkid words, or clinical. Can anyone think of some good words for the privates?
(Obviously there will be some raw language inside this question.) [more inside]
posted by jojopizza
on May 17, 2005 -
Why are "aunt" and "uncle", emplyed in a nonfamilial sense, used as terms of endearment and honorifics in so many societies?
posted by deafmute
on Mar 31, 2005 -