The categorisation of people crossing borders as ‘forced’ or ‘voluntary’ has serious ramifications for the people who are pigeon-holed into one category as opposed to another. For the purposes of this essay I will be defining ’forced’ migrations as consisting of refugees escaping violence and war, and ‘voluntary refugees’ as economic migrants moving to find … Read more
What constitutes illness and health are constructs that vary depending on the cultural context in which they are experienced. By looking at various ethnographic examples from around the world we can show how these concepts are defined differently in various cultures and societies. In this essay I will first discuss the definitions of illness and … Read more
Said’s Orientalism, which is widely regarded as one of the most influential works in post-colonial studies, had a major impact on the way we view, discuss and understand Western perceptions of other cultures.Said’s Orientalism, which is widely regarded as one of the most influential works in post-colonial studies, had a major impact on the way we view, discuss and understand Western perceptions of other cultures.
Representation refers to how ideas, beliefs, values, and other aspects of different societies and cultures are imagined, expressed, shared, and understood by others, in both language-based or visual form. This is considered ‘political’ because of considerations linked to who holds the power to create representations; whose voices are heard and amplified; which cultural practices are … Read more