How the World Works: Letters to Lily

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Created: 2013-01-02 15:09
Institution: King's College
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Description: Alan Macfarlane in December 2012 reads the thirty letters originally published in 2005 by Profile Books in 'Letters to Lily: On How the World Works'.
There is also a website for the book at http://www.letters2lily.com
 

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1 Why write to you?


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Why write a series of letters trying to explain how the world works to a grand-daughter? An attempt to see how an outsider, perhaps a Martian anthropologist, would view the...

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


2 Who are you?


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The nature of personal identity, constructed from age, gender, race and ethnicity and other determinants.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


3 Why are families often difficult?


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The nature of different family systems and the problems they cause, in particular during adolescence.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


4 What is love?


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The nature of romantic love and its function in different societies - in particular the west.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


5 Who are our friends?


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Friendship - where it comes from, how it works and what effects it has on our lives, compared also to patron-client relations etc.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


6 Why play games?


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The role of games, particularly team games, and of leisure more generally around the world, seen from anthropology and history.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


7 Is violence necessary?


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A consideration of violence, both physical and symbolic, including personal violence, vendetta, secret organizations etc., from an anthropological and historical viewpoint.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


8 What is war and why do we fight?


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War throughout history and across the planet - some of the different types and some of the causes and consequences.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


9 What is witchcraft?


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Theories of witchcraft, its function, origins and the causes for some decline in the belief in witches.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


10 Who are the terrorists?


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An analysis of various types of mass hysteria, from medieval heretics, Jews and witches, through to McCarthy, child abuse and the War on Terror.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


11 Who is God?


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Various theories concerning the nature and functions of religion and a belief in God or gods, from an anthropological viewpoint.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


12 Can we control the spiritual world?


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An analysis of the functions and nature of rituals, symbols, taboos and other constraints on human beings, from an anthropological and historical viewpoint.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


13 How do we learn?


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An analysis of some of the ways in which humans increase their knowledge of the world through formal education and other means.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


14 Does information destroy knowledge?


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Some of the blocks to knowledge - from power, religion, social structure and too much information.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


15 How well does democracy work?


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The advantages and disadvantages of democracy as a form of government.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


16 Where does freedom come from?


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An analsysis of the roots of personal freedom, in particular the growth of Civil Society and the legal device of the Trust.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


17 What is bureaucracy for?


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A analysis of some of the functions of bureaucracy, and also of some of the strong tendencies for organizations to become over-bureaucratic.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


18 How do we get justice?


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A comparison of different legal systems, their structures and outcomes, particularly English Common Law and Japan.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


19 Why is there inequality?


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Different systems of inequality examined - caste, class, serfdom etc. and why there is a growing tendency towards inequality.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


20 What makes us individuals?


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The meaning of individualism and theories of the causes for its development and some of its consequences.

Collection: How the World Works: Letters to Lily

Institution: King's College

Created: Wed 2 Jan 2013


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