An hour of the social anthropologist Margaret Visser. She tells fascinating stories about the every day- everything from tea to hair, dining to bathing. Rewind presents some of her most enduring pieces.
You can hear the whole hour right here.
Margaret Visser is a classics scholar and writer who has been called an "anthropologist of everyday life." She has appeared many times on CBC Radio talking about everything from tea to hair, bathing to salt.
In 1994, her bestselling book "The Way We Are: The Astonishing Anthropology of Everyday Life": brought together columns she had written for Saturday Night magazine. Its editor, John Fraser, coined the term "Visserism," which he defined as a "concise anthropological insight" and "the doctrine that all scholarship exists to prove that life is rich, funny and meaningful."
Margaret Visser was born in South Africa, studied at the Sorbonne, and received her doctorate in Classics from the University of Toronto. She taught for many years there and has made a name for her pithy, entertaining observations about the stuff all around us.
The first piece is from 1992 and Don Harron's Morningside. Margaret Visser was invited to talk about meals as part of our human social structure. She started by making an observation about the worst thing you can do at dinner.
After that, she went on to talk about tea, hair, bathing.
You can hear it all right here.