Security in Cape Town

Arianna Lyons '16 BBA Marketing

Security in Cape Town by Arianna Lyons   Abstract A research project conducted using the consideration of spatial mapping to investigate what continuities and discontinuities regarding issues of security in the city of Cape Town exist between the era of Apartheid and the present day (to what extent have things changed or remained the same), […]

Discourse on HIV/AIDS in Cape Town

Kattie Whitelaw '14 (L) and Lauren Barbera '15 (R) making a new friend in Langa Township.

Discourse on HIV/AIDS in Cape Town, South Africa in Regards to Apartheid Memory and Reconciliation by Katie Whitelaw and Lauren Barbera   Introduction Our HIV/AIDS project changed dramatically throughout performing our field research in Cape Town, South Africa. We initially thought that this complex problem was actually a simple lack of education. After all, why […]

The Construction of an Icon: The Significance of Nelson Mandela in South Africa Today

Mandela Statue in the upscale V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The Construction of an Icon: The Significance of Nelson Mandela in South Africa Today by Sarah Garratt   If you go to Cape Town you will see Nelson Mandela everywhere. In the airport there is a looming beaded sculpture of him leaning out of a popular tourist shop. Upon entering the shop you will find […]

Graffiti in Post-Apartheid Cape Town, South Africa

Figure 4 (detail)

Graffiti in Post-Apartheid Cape Town, South Africa by Carly Barnes   Graffiti can be viewed and understood as an important means of visual heritage that serves as a physical representation of memory. Within the context of Cape Town, South Africa, this type of visual heritage becomes especially representative of the nation’s present society wrought by […]

“Reality” programs and obesity: How “The Scale” and “The Biggest Loser” show the cultural values ​​of Spain and the United States

2. Este niño de los Estados Unidos solo es un ejemplo de una gran población de personas que sufre de sobrepeso en el mundo. Foto de "Fast Food Nation," un articulo del gimnasio Fulton Fithouse.

“Reality” programs and obesity: How “The Scale” and “The Biggest Loser” show the cultural values ​​of Spain and the United States

by Abby Boyle

This paper explores the ways in which two different reality television shows – The Biggest Loser and Spain’s version of the same program, La Báscula – reflect cultural values and responses to the rising obesity rates in their respective countries.

Participants on The Biggest Loser are subject to more cruelty, specifically from their trainers, than are those on La Báscula, demonstrating a trend in American television: Many popular reality and fictional programs are designed to attract and repel the audience at the same time, making the shows themselves difficult to watch, but hard to turn off. The Biggest Loser also emphasizes the competitive aspect of the show, serving as one example of many American shows in which people strive to be the most powerful, most attractive, or the best at a certain specialty. The tone of La Báscula, however, is more positive, and the show focuses on the healthy ways in which contestants can lose weight rather than on the treatment of the participants or solely on the competition. The encouraging attitude that La Báscula projects towards weight loss reflects Spain’s more health-focused outlook on losing weight.

At the same time, both The Biggest Loser and La Báscula humanize the participants on each program, which is critical in these times when obese and overweight people are bullied and sometimes discriminated against in both countries. While both programs address the same issue differently, this humanizing aspect is powerful in encouraging viewers to see obese people as more than just statistics.

“The land is deaf” and the struggle for Spanish memory


“The land is deaf” and the struggle for Spanish memory

by Lucas Pickett

After suffering through a three-year civil war and thirty-six years of a dictatorship at the hands of General Francisco Franco, Spain made a gradual transition to a more democratic system of government in the form of a constitutional monarchy. However, the atrocities of the war by those who took power afterwards were ignored for many years, and it has been within the past decade that significant debate in parliament has been made over dealing with the country’s turbulent history of the past century. In the midst of these debates in 2009, the Navarrese hard rock band Barricada published a concept album with lyrical themes explicitly addressing the issues of repression, human rights abuses, and historical memory. In the tradition of the best socially conscious rock ‘n roll, the album “La tierra esta’ sorda” (“The Land is Deaf”) uses the entertainment medium of music to inspire interest in the history of the country, as well as a form of criticism of one of the darkest periods of history on the Iberian Peninsula.

A Community Unified in Support of La Perla

Adrienne Castro '14

A Community Unified in Support of La Perla

by Adrienne Castro

Flamenco is an integral part of Spanish culture. Flamenco clubs, commonly referred to as penas, are the main focus of my research investigation. I focus specifically on the club La Perla, situated in Cadiz. Different from other penas, La Perla seeks to include both tourists and the community. Many penas adopt a philosophy of exclusivity, noted by aficionados, individuals who want to keep flamenco only an art form for Andalusians. This specific pena makes an effort to invite and include any individual who is interested in the art form that is flamenco. The executive board created this place as a cultural center in southern Spain and defy the aficionado concept that flamenco is only for Southern Spaniards.

Can Soccer Unify Spain? The Politics of Soccer and Spain’s National Identity

Figura 5- Una actividad de la familia

Can Soccer Unify Spain? The Politics of Soccer and Spain’s National Identity

by Ariel French

Football in Spain is more than just a sport, or a leisurely activity; it is representative of the greater cultural climate of the country. Football plays a role in many aspects of Spanish life, ranging from cultural differences, business, and publicity to politics. It is a sport so ingrained in Spanish culture that it played an important part in Spain’s history under Franco’s dictatorship. Football can be used as a weapon by politicians, those that advocate a Spain united culturally, and those wishing for more cultural autonomy. Regionalism and class stratification become synonymous with the rivalries of clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona and the clubs of Sevilla, Sevilla FC and Real Betis. Identity in Spain evolves along with the football culture.