The study of fishbowls is cultural anthropology

While anthropology is the study of humans, fishbowl is a metaphor for chosen insularity by a group of people whether the circumscription limits race, religion, nation, culture, society, or peer groups.

Consider Little Italy, China Town, and Harlem–all fishbowls in the larger society of New York City.  Insularity feels safe and comfortable, and gives one a sense of superiority. But nothing much happens–things can get stagnant in the fishbowl when there is no inlet or outlet for human cross-pollination.

Author: Katherine Brittain

Cultural Anthropologist/Writer

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