Anthropology Online

Anthropology Online

Anthropology Online brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. It is the most comprehensive resource for the study of social and cultural life yet created.

Cross-searchable with Ethnographic Video Online, Alexander Street’s collection of classic and contemporary films for the anthropology classroom, Anthropology Online provides sociologists, anthropologists, cultural historians, and others with complete works of the key practitioners and theorists alike throughout the discipline.

Essential for study in the areas of politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography, the database contains more than 100,000 pages of material, including tens of thousands of pages of previously unpublished material from major archives.

Key names to be represented in the collection include Franz Boas (The Mind of Primitive Man), Ruth Benedict (Tales of the Cochiti Indians), Margaret Mead (Coming of Age in Samoa), Claude Levi-Strauss (Structural Anthropology), Clifford Geertz (The Interpretation of Cultures), A. R. Radcliffe-Brown (Structure and Function in Primitive Society), David MacDougall (Transcultural Cinema), Paul Rabinow (Essays on the Anthropology of Reason), E. E. Evans-Pritchard (Nuer Religion) and Bronislaw Malinowski (Argonauts of the Western Pacific). Other targeted names include James Clifford, Marshall Sahlins, Karl Heider, Napoleon Chagnon, and many more.

While Ethnographic Video Online is a video encyclopedia of humanity, Anthropology Online is the full-text equivalent, covering all areas of the discipline, including cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, applied anthropology, visual anthropology, archaeology, urban anthropology, medical anthropology, and physical anthropology. Works from major publisher catalogs include Oxford University Press, Waveland Press, Westview Press, Princeton University Press, and many more.

All aspects of human behavior are thoroughly covered in the collection, including kinship, family, race, material culture, marriage, gender, prehistory, evolution, kinesthetics, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, social stratification and status, male and female roles, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts, and much more. Alexander Street’s indexing allows the content to be searchable by geographical region, cultural or kinship group, anthropological subjects, and more.

The majority of the content is in English, with some French and German material. Geographical coverage is global, with special focus given outside the developed world. Ranging from 19th century to the present day, Anthropology Online documents the history and development of the discipline itself, while also providing the most comprehensive tool for current trends and contemporary study.

Publication details

Anthropology Online is available to libraries and academic institutions worldwide via subscription or one-time purchase. No special setup or software is required—all you need is a Web browser.


With Alexander Street, if it's not one fascinating collection of primary sources, it's another. . . Anthropology Online is like an explorer's attic, bursting with written ethnographies, field notes, memoirs, and contemporary studies about the peoples of the world.

Anthropology Online brings together a stunning array of information...This expansive, scholarly resource is highly recommended.