Do Our Dreams Reflect Our Time and Culture?


Program Description:

When news of the recession, war, and environmental threats fills the airwaves, does it affect our dreams at night? If you could look closely into Americans’ dreams, would they reveal a sense of who we are, and how we function as a society? Or, do dreams simply reflect more personal issues we encounter in our own day-to-day existence, void of any larger context? “Studying a people’s dream theory opens a window onto a whole culture, a whole way of living, of being in the world,” says Sheriff.


Robin Sheriff

Robin Sheriff is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests include the politics of discourse and narrative, stratification and inequality, race and ethnicity and culture and globalization. She received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York.

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