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Anthropology Online

Anthropology Online

Anthropology Online brings together a wide range of published ethnographies, seminal texts, memoirs, contemporary studies and archival material covering human culture and behavior around the world. 


The collection contains the published versions of the research aggregated in Anthropological Fieldwork Online, making this database a perfect companion piece. When used together, the two collections present firsthand insight into the process that transforms field notes into finished manuscripts.

Anthropology Online is a comprehensive resource for the study of social and cultural life throughout the 20th century. 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).

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.

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Anthropology Online is a key component of the Anthropology Resource Library package, along with the following collections:



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.