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Anthropology Taster Lecture | Why do we gossip? | Fri 19 Nov 4.30-6 pm GMT

Why do we gossip?

Taught by: Dr Gavin Weston, Department of Anthropology

Friday 19 November 2021 – 4.30–6 pm GMT

In this lecture, we will explore gossip as a socially meaningful act. While being labelled a gossip is generally not a positive thing, gossip is a social phenomenon that is almost as universal as religion or kinship, but unlike those two widespread forms of social organisation, gossip is surprisingly similar around the world. We will uncover why it is so common and what function it serves.

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