The Socio-Political Life of Soap
In this essay the author follows the socio-political life of a bar of soap that originates in the Palestinian town of Nablus, located in the West Bank. Exploring commodity enchantment he seeks to demonstrate the power of ethical consumption
Into the Land of Dreamlike Paradox: Some Cultural and Psychological Perspectives of the Fairy Tale
In the essay the author will explore the 'fairy tale' from both a psychological and anthropological perspective. He will outline some of the structuralist interpretations of story and look at what defines the fairy tale from other types of story. Drawing on Jungian psychology he will examine the psychological implications of the fairy tale concluding that fairy tales and stories serve a fundamental role in the human experience and the development of the young mind.
What are the global effects of anarchist lifestyle choices?
In this essay the author will briefly revisit the meaning of lifestyle anarchism and argue that some intentional communities with an ecological ideology prefigure an alternative. He will then flip the notion of what is global on its head and argue that these examples of anarchist prefiguration have real potential to transform the structural nature of capitalism as any local action is itself linked to, and enacted upon, the global stage.
How do we know time is passing: An anthropological perspective.
Humans in the Landscape: Low-impact Development as a response to the neoliberal environmental agenda. In J.A.C. Vazquez & E. Apostolopoulou (eds). 2018 forthcoming. The Right to Nature: Social movements, environmental justice and neoliberal natures. London. Routledge.
Ibogaine: A Gift of Forgiveness from Equatorial Africa? Psychedelic Press UK, Apr 2015
In this essay the author compares and contrasts the use of Iboga in Bwiti ritual with the therapeutic use of Ibogaine to treat substance addiction. First examining the rise of Bwiti and the ritual use of Iboga; followed by an exploration of both the anecdotal and scientific reports of occidental Ibogaine use. The author then asks if the efficacy of Ibogaine is compromised by Western cultural perceptions of spirituality and the use of plant medicine in contrast with the biomedical model of the developed world. In conclusion the efficacy of Iboga(ine) must be understood in context and may be dependent upon some form of ritual practice, alongside a stable support network post treatment.
In this review article the author identifies two distinct ethical spheres current in human geographical discourse: anthropocentric ethics and biocentric ethics. Without discriminating against either he calls for a ‘true biocentric ethics’ that collapses this binary incorporating the social and political factors bound up in human/human relationships integral in todays planetary ethical and ecological concerns.
A Field of England: A Microcosmic Tale of Shifting Discourses and Power Relationships at the Birth of Industrial Capitalism.
In this essay the author contextualises the film A Field in England and its historical setting with Foucault’s work on madness. The author suggests that the film is symbolic of cultural shifts in structural belief systems and changing socio-political relationships that were occurring in the 17th century giving birth to industrial capitalism.
The Untameable Weed: Cannabis as Companion Species
The human-cannabis relationship (HCR) is ubiquitous; it transgresses boundaries. It can be found in the interaction between chemical compounds, abundant in the female cannabis flowers, and an array of mammalian biological and psychological processes. It can also be found in the collaboration of human scale material processes aimed at ameliorating current and future social, ecological and economic crises. The author has a holistic approach to the HCR drawing on his multispecies ethnography (Kirksey & Helmreich 2010) to conceptualize cannabis as a companion species (Haraway 2003) mapping the complex multispecies landscapes that HCRs operate in and over. The paper’s focus is twofold – explicit in its illumination of the complexity of the HCR, and implicit in how this complexity is incompatible with neoliberalism.