Issue I/2021 - Taboo

Taboo (Issue I/2021)




Topic: Taboo

“Racism does not go away if you remain silent”

In conversation with Golda Schultz

Classical music was long the domain of white men. If opera singer Golda Schultz has her way, that's about to change. A conversation about prejudice on and off the stage.

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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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Never go barefoot

by Emmanuel Abeku Essel

A tribal chief in Ghana has to know what he may and may not do.

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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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Theory

Detained

By Sohela Karisma Surajpal

No other African country has as many people behind bars as South Africa. An indictment, argues our author, and good reason to ask whether the prison system is in keeping with our times.

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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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A phone call with

Is today's journalism too emotional?

Commented by Ranga Yogeshwar

At the very least, it is too often seduced into emotionality.

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