Bibliography of anthropology

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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 anthropology

Chronological bibliography

From the beginnings to 1899

1900s and 1910s

1920s and 1930s

1940s and 1950s

1960s and 1970s





Thematic bibliography

General Introductions and Histories

  • 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 Theory

Cyber anthropology

Ecological anthropology

Economic anthropology

Political anthropology

Psychological anthropology

  • 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

Visual anthropology

Urban anthropology

Linguistic anthropology

Biological anthropology

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 Prize in Biological Anthropology.[13]


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 theory

Some points of reference in related disciplines

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:


  1. "What is Anthropology?". American Anthropological Association. Retrieved 17 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "History and Mission". Royal Anthropological Institute. Retrieved 17 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "L'Anthropologie". Association Française des Anthropologues. Retrieved 17 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "What is Anthropology?". Discover Anthropology. Royal Anthropological Institute. Retrieved 17 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Shore, Bradd (2011). "Unconsilience: Rethinking the Two-Cultures Conundrum in Anthropology". In Edward Slingerland and Mark Collard (ed.). Creating consilience: integrating the sciences and the humanities. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 140–158. ISBN 978-0-19-979439-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Boas, Franz (1904). "The History of Anthropology". Science. 20 (512): 513–524. doi:10.1126/science.20.512.513.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Segal, Daniel A.; Yanagisako, Sylvia J., eds. (2005). Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle: Reflections on the Disciplining of Anthropology. Durham: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-8684-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Kuper, Adam (1996). Anthropology and Anthropologists: the Modern British School (3rd ed.). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-11895-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Wulf, Christoph (2013). Anthropology: A Continental Perspective. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-92507-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Nicol, Caitrin. "Doctors Within Borders". The New Atlantis. Retrieved 19 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "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).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. AAA Rescinds Acceptance of the El Dorado Report
  13. "W. W. Howells Prize". Retrieved 14 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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