Tag Archives: Cattle

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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A step in the right direction? From Madrid to Corella, Navarra.

“Happy, but not satisfied” sums up the feelings of the foreman of Partido de Resina after last Sunday’s corrida in Madrid. There’s more work to be done but the outcome was basically good. The critics – as always – gave … 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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Born this way: Born for the arena

Lets begin on a provocative note. Tongues out. I’m fully aware that what I’m blogging about (and will later write about more formally) is not to everybody’s taste. I hope this serves as an invitation to engage with the topic, … Continue reading

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El Herradero – Handling, bumbling and branding

The last 10 days or so have been packed with different kinds of events on the estate, some of which are singular and some of which are ongoing. Today I want to focus on an event in the singular category: … Continue reading

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