In the 19th century, early anthropologists began working on comparisons of human cultures derived from data sources provided by missionaries, explorers and traders. Such scholars came to be known as “armchair anthropologists” because, rather than conducting their own fieldwork, they relied on second-hand accounts collected by untrained observers to devise theories from the comfort of home.
While data collected by untrained observers may no longer be legitimate in academia, I think it’s the perfect source material to base a blog on!
This blog is for those of us who chose not to put in the time and effort to obtain a PhD in anthropology, but who still look at the world through an Anthropologist’s eyes. Read on if you are intrigued by Irish drinking rituals, confounded by Canadian food culture, amazed by American festivals, titillated by Traveller wedding dresses, daft about magical draft beer…
Welcome to Cultural Quirks!