Issue I/2021 - Taboo

Taboo (Issue I/2021)




Editorial

“The real taboos can't even be talked about”

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Our editor-in-chief takes a look at the current issue.

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Cultural spots

A football pitch in Cape Verde

by Ivette Löcker

Young people in Cape Verde are crazy about football.

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Topic: Taboo

The power of prohibition

by Manvir Singh

How taboos are created and why people break them.

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Thou shalt not lie

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

About a rule that no-one can stick to.

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The great silence

by Will Self

Everyone thinks they are enlightened. Yet death and sex are still as hidden as they were in Victorian England.

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A belated coming out

by Leo Boix

On finally telling my father the truth about my homosexuality.

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“All cultures ban incest”

in conversation with Caroline Eliacheff

Psychoanalyst Caroline Eliacheff talks about our enduring taboos and those which disappear over time.

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Eternal loyalty?

by Jan-Werner Müller

How did it happen that US Republicans put up with Donald Trump's taboo violations?

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“I knew it was a big deal”

an interview with Eric Ben-Artzi

The former risk officer Eric Ben-Artzi helped uncover false accounting at Deutsche Bank. A conversation about the difficulties of exposing his employer.

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“It is common knowledge in the village who is menstruating”

a photo gallery by Maria Contreras Coll

According to the “Chhaupadi” custom in Nepal, girls and women who are menstruating are considered impure and must be isolated. Maria Contreras Coll spent a year in Nepal and documented this tradition for her photo project “Journey to Impurity”.

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World report

Culture on all channels

by Doris Akrap

The Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed massive restrictions on global cultural relations. How cultural institutes are facing unprecedented challenges.

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Democracy in peril

by Edda Schlager

Long viewed as a Central Asian “island of democracy”, Kyrgyzstan recently drifted into a state of emergency.

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Topic: Taboo

"Musical Silk"

By Jan Moritz Onken

The Silk Road Symphony Orchestra takes suggestions from the audience to shape its program. A conversation with conductor Jan Moritz Onken.

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