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Tasting tradition

Tasting tradition


Posted By on Jun 7, 2015

Anthropologists like tradition. We have a long tradition of studying it, and we often seemed more concerned with tradition than the people whom we live and work with. They often, quite understandably, want to get on with life, while we stand in their way, metaphorically and often physically, going on about tradition. Nonetheless, tradition is worth thinking about, at least sometimes. What does it mean, how do people think about and...

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What follows is the third and final part of a lightly edited version of an informal talk I gave recently at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. I’ve divided it up into three parts due to its length. Given that this was an informal presentation, I didn’t bother referencing it. In this version, I’ve added a few suggested readings at the end of the last post.   Let me now turn to the final period I want to talk about – from the...

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What follows is the second part of a lightly edited version of an informal talk I gave recently at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. I’ve divided it up into three parts due to its length. Given that this was an informal presentation, I didn’t bother referencing it. In this version, I’ve added a few suggested readings at the end of the last post.   Aging implies the wine is worthy of being aged. Most wine, frankly, isn’t, and...

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What follows is the first part of a lightly edited version of an informal talk I gave recently at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. I’ve divided it up into three parts due to its length. Given that this was an informal presentation, I didn’t bother referencing it. In this version, I’ve added a few suggested readings at the end of the last post. It is not uncommon to hear people say that wine is a living thing. There is a fair...

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