Moral Tyranny

How "doing the right thing" obstructs our so

If you lie, cheat, defraud or generally step out of line, then trip up and get caught, you have to expect social disgrace to the point of ostracism - even if you happen to be part of the upper echelons. That wasn't always the case; there's a new breed of moral tyranny afoot.


Porn Chic

the pornographication of everyday life

The ubiquity of pornography has far-reaching consequences, particularly for children and young people - consequences that make it more than a phenomenon of our liberated age.

The anonymity of the internet has led to a surge in amateur pornography. Explicit song ...


Seven - a magic number

Can any of us really claim to be free of superstitious beliefs, for example the 'seven years' bad luck' that are supposed to follow when you break a mirror? If you start looking out for the number seven, you'll soon notice it turning up in a wide range of contexts: the ...


Homicide Squad

Where horror is routine

A dead baby in the rubbish bin and dismembered body parts in plastic bags: when your daily business consists of dealing with murder and manslaughter, suffering and fear, despair and hatred, you can't afford to be of a delicate disposition. Instead, you need keen insight into human nature, ...


dtv-Atlas Ethnology

with 140 colour charts by Bernd Rodekohr

While initially ethnologists exclusively concentrated on studying the way of life and social systems of non-European, so-called "primitive" races, and folklorists tended to confine their research to their local culture, particularly turning their attention to the traditional customs of ...
Rights sold: Hungary, Spain (cast.)

Who's Who in Opera

All about Don Giovanni, Aida and company.

They suffer, they laugh, they love each other and separate again, they quarrel, they rape and they murder. And they sing at the time. These characters have fascinated audiences in opera houses all over the world, attracting their sympathy, ...

The Power of Esteem

Meeting yourself and others positively

The scarcity of appreciation Recognition, esteem, gratitude. These signals of social acceptance fulfill some of humanity's basic needs. We want to be seen for who we are and long for recognition for what we have done and achieved. However, if you take a look around your own private ...