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The World of the Bulls: An Anthropologist’s Gold Mine

At the beginning of October, in a blog article about a bullfight in Corella, Navarra, taurine photographers and bloggers Gorka Azpilicueta and Arsenio Ramírez suggested that for an anthropologist like myself the world of the bulls represents a gold mine … Continue reading

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Return to Madrid

This coming Sunday, at six-thirty p.m. the notorious pabloromero bulls will return to Las Ventas in Madrid, which continues to be the most influential and important bullring in the taurine world. These beautiful but tricky bulls will be making their … Continue reading

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Spectacular days

It’s April and things are really starting to kick off after a quiet winter in the Villamanrique de la Condesa area. If there’s is one word that covers everything that has happened in the last few weeks – from the … Continue reading

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What counts as fieldwork for an anthropologist in Andalusia?

What does a social anthropologist even do when in the field? What is the stuff of fieldwork? What counts? What goes down in the notebook? Who counts? Who do we write about? When do we stop listening? Or jotting down … Continue reading

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An homage to the older cow and horse hands out there

The other week, I took this photo of photo of three relatively young men heading out to tag newborn calves at Partido de Resina and some of the comments that were made about the photo on twitter said how good … Continue reading

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Hot-branding revisited

Just a quick note to say that for those that are interested I read a piece about the hot-branding of fighting stock on yesterday’s BBC world service version of From Our Own Correspondent. It gives a slightly different angle on … Continue reading

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Winter escapes

It feels wrong to say it is really cold here given that I come from Scotland, but it is REALLY  cold. When I head out to assist the foreman of the breeding estate on the days he is alone I … Continue reading

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