Bibliography of anthropology

This bibliography of anthropology lists some notable publications in the field of anthropology, including its various subfields. It is not comprehensive and continues to be developed. It also includes a number of works that are not by anthropologists but are relevant to the field, such as literary theory, sociology, psychology, and philosophical anthropology.

Anthropology is the study of humanity.[1][2][3] Described as "the most humanistic of sciences and the most scientific of the humanities",[4] it is considered to bridge the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities,[5] and draws upon a wide range of related fields. In North America, anthropology is traditionally divided into four major subdisciplines: biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology and archaeology.[6][7] Other academic traditions use less broad definitions, where one or more of these fields are considered separate, but related, disciplines.[8][9]

Sociocultural anthropologyEdit

Chronological bibliographyEdit

From the beginnings to 1899Edit

1900s and 1910sEdit

1920s and 1930sEdit

1940s and 1950sEdit

1960s and 1970sEdit


  • Steven Feld, Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weepings, Poetics and Sound in Kaluli Expression, 1982



  • Sally Merry, Colonizing Hawai'i: The cultural power of law, 2000
  • Clifford Geertz, Available Light: Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics, 2000
  • Gordon Mathews, Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket, 2000
  • Patrick Tierney, Darkness in El Dorado, 2000
    • Tierney's book was determined to be deliberately fraudulent.[15][16]
  • Tim Ingold, The perception of the environment: essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill, 2000
  • Frans de Waal, The Ape and the Sushi Master, 2001
  • William Ray, The Logic of Culture: Authority and Identity in the Modern Era, 2001
  • Vassos Argyrou, Anthropology and the Will to Meaning: A Postcolonial Critique, 2002
  • Jone Salomonsen, Enchanted Feminism: The Reclaiming Witches of San Francisco, 2002
  • Talal Asad, Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity, 2003
  • Jean Rouch, Cine-Ethnography, 2003
  • Theodore C. Bestor, Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World, 2004
  • Janet Carsten, After Kinship, 2004[12]
  • Aihwa Ong and Stephen J. Collier, Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems, 2004
  • Anna L. Tsing, Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, 2005
  • Marcel Detienne, The Greeks and Us: A Comparative Anthropology of Ancient Greece, 2005 (English translation: 2007)
  • Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Anthropology and development. Understanding contemporary social change, 2005
  • Nicholas Wade, Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors, 2006
  • Philippe Descola, Beyond Nature and Culture, 2005 (English translation: 2013)
  • Paige West, Conservation is our Government now: The Politics of Ecology in Papua New Guinea, 2006
  • Veena Das, Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary, 2007
  • Andrew Apter, Beyond Words: Discourse and Critical Agency in Africa, 2007
  • Paul Rabinow, Marking Time: On the Anthropology of the Contemporary, 2008
  • Eugene S. Hunn, A Zapotec Natural History, 2008
  • Johannes Fabian, Ethnography as Commentary: Writing from the Virtual Archive, 2008
  • Stefan Helmreich, Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas, 2009
  • Neni Panourgiá, Dangerous Citizens: The Greek Left and the Terror of the State, 2009
  • Philippe Bourgeois and Jeff Schonberg, Righteous Dopefiend, 2009


  • Margaret Lock and Vinh-Kim Nguyen, An Anthropology of Biomedicine, 2010
  • Ulf Hannerz, Anthropology's World: Life in a Twenty-First Century Discipline, 2010
  • David Graeber, Debt: The First 5000 Years, 2011
  • Tim Ingold, Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description, 2011
  • Alan Barnard, Social Anthropology and Human Origins, 2011
  • James D. Faubion, An Anthropology of Ethics, 2011
  • Maurice Bloch, Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge, 2012
  • Jason Ānanda Josephson, The Invention of Religion in Japan, 2012
  • Neil L. Whitehead and Michael Wesch (editors) Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End of Anthropology, 2012
  • Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human, 2013
  • Arnold Groh, Research Methods in Indigenous Contexts, 2018

Thematic bibliographyEdit

General introductions and historiesEdit

  • Eric Wolf, Anthropology, 1964
  • Adam Kuper, Anthropology and Anthropologists: The Modern British School, 1973 (3rd revised and enlarged edition, 1996)
  • Peter Just and John Monaghan, Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction, 2000
  • Alan Barnard, History and Theory in Anthropology, 2000
  • Thomas Hylland Eriksen, What is Anthropology?, 2004
  • Aleksandar Bošković, Other People's Anthropologies: Ethnographic Practice on the Margins, 2008
  • John S. Gilkeson, Anthropologists and the Rediscovery of America, 1886–1965, 2010
  • Fredrik Barth, Andre Gingrich, Robert Parkin, and Sydel Silverman, One Discipline, Four Ways: British, German, French, and American Anthropology (The Halle Lectures), 2005

Ritual theoryEdit

  • Arnold van Gennep, The Rites of Passage, 1909
  • Émile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, 1912[11]
  • Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo, 1913
  • Erving Goffman, Interaction Ritual, 1967
  • Victor Turner, The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure, 1969
  • David Kertzer, Ritual, Politics, and Power, 1988
  • Bruce Kapferer, A Celebration of Demons, 1991
  • Mario Perniola, Ritual Thinking: Sexuality, Death, World, 2000
  • Philippe Buc, The Dangers of Ritual: Between Early Medieval Texts and Social Scientific Theory, 2001
  • Robert N. McCauley and E. Thomas Lawson, Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms, 2002
  • Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright (editors), Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice, 2008

Cyber anthropologyEdit

Design anthropologyEdit

  • Wendy Gunn and Jared Donovan (eds), Design and Anthropology, 2012[17][18]
  • Wendy Gunn, Ton Otto and Rachel Charlotte Smith (eds), Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice, 2013[19][20]

Ecological anthropologyEdit

  • Julian Steward, Theory of Culture Change: The Methodology of Multilinear Evolution, 1955
  • William Balée, Cultural Forests of the Amazon: A Historical Ecology of People and Their Landscapes, 2014

Economic anthropologyEdit

Political anthropologyEdit

Psychological anthropologyEdit

  • Lindholm, Charles, Culture and Identity. The history, theory, and practice of psychological anthropology, 2007
  • Robert, LeVine, Psychological Anthropology: A Reader on Self in Culture, 2010

Urban anthropologyEdit

  • Delany, Samuel R. (1999). Times Square Red, Times Square Blue. New York, New York: New York University Press. ISBN 0-8147-1919-8.
  • Ulf Hannerz, Exploring the City: Inquiries Toward an Urban Anthropology, 1980

Linguistic anthropologyEdit

Biological anthropologyEdit

Biological anthropology is traditionally conceived of as part of the North American four-field approach. In some universities, however, the subject has repositioned itself as human evolutionary biology. In Europe, it is sometimes taught as an individual subject at college level or as part of the discipline of biology. Its methods are informed by evolutionary biology, hence the adjunct biological. Since 1993, the Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association has awarded the W.W. Howells Book Award in Biological Anthropology.[21]


Archaeological anthropology is traditionally conceived of as part of the North American four-field approach. With the four-field approach being questioned for its orthodoxy, the subject has gained considerable independence in recent years and some archaeologists have rejected the label anthropology. In Europe, the subject maintains closer connections to history and is simply conceived of as archaeology with a distinct research focus and methodology.

Archaeological theoryEdit

Some points of reference in related disciplinesEdit

Anthropological research has exerted considerable influence on other disciplines such as sociology, literary theory, and philosophy. Conversely, contemporary anthropological discourse has become receptive to a wide variety of theoretical currents which in turn help to shape the cognitive identity of the subject(s). Among the key publications from related disciplines that have advanced anthropological scholarship are:


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  8. ^ Kuper, Adam (1996). Anthropology and Anthropologists: the Modern British School (3rd ed.). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-11895-8.
  9. ^ Wulf, Christoph (2013). Anthropology: A Continental Perspective. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-92507-3.
  10. ^ a b c d e Kuklick 2008
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  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology 2016
  13. ^ a b c d Tozzer 2016
  14. ^ Nicol, Caitrin. "Doctors Within Borders". The New Atlantis. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  15. ^ "Preliminary report: The major allegations against Napoleon Chagnon and James Neel presented in Darkness in El Dorado by Patrick Tierney appear to be deliberately fraudulent" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2012.
  16. ^ "AAA Rescinds Acceptance of the El Dorado Report". American Anthropological Association. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  17. ^ Pink, Sarah (2014-01-02). "Design and anthropology". Visual Studies. 29 (1): 109–110. doi:10.1080/1472586X.2014.863023. ISSN 1472-586X.
  18. ^ Samuelsson, Marcus. "Book Review: Wendy Gunn and Jared Donovan (eds), Design and AnthropologyGunnWendyDonovanJared (eds), Design and Anthropology. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012. 284 pp. ISBN 9781409421580 (hbk) £65.00". Qualitative Research. 15 (1): 125–126. doi:10.1177/1468794114520889.
  19. ^ Magee, Siobhan (2015-11-01). "Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice". Journal of Design History. 28 (4): epv032. doi:10.1093/jdh/epv032. ISSN 0952-4649.
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