Social and Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology and Ethics

Anthropology and Ethics

When conducting research as an anthropologist you will be expected to follow a set of rules and guidelines that are referred to as a “code of ethics”, but what does that mean in relation to anthropology? To put it simply: by following ...

Famous Female Anthropologists

Famous Female Anthropologists

After creating the 10 Famous Cultural Anthropologists article I realised that the list was dominated by males, which isn’t accurately representative as the field of anthropology has been hugely influenced by women. Many of the influenti ...

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

Anthropology can often be difficult to understand, there is no shortage of jargon and it can leave readers or listeners completely confused. Hopefully this glossary of anthropological terms will be an effective “jargon buster”, so next ...

10 Famous Cultural Anthropologists

10 Famous Cultural Anthropologists

Many People still don’t know an awful lot about anthropology, so by highlighting some of the most famous anthropologists in history I hope I can give you a little more insight into the subject. This list is by no means exhaustive, and o ...

10 More Famous Anthropologists

10 More Famous Anthropologists

When this site was still young I published a post called ‘10 Famous Cultural Anthropologists‘ which listed (unranked) ten of the most famous anthropologists in history. At the time I was relatively new to the subject of anthropology and ...

Free Open-Access Anthropology Journals

Free Open-Access Anthropology Journals

There are many academic journals available that either focus on or include anthropological research, however not everyone has access to the more recognised anthropology journals such as ‘Current Anthropology’ or ‘Anthropology Quarterly’ ...

Key Texts in Anthropology (Alphabetical)

Key Texts in Anthropology (Alphabetical)

After doing a little digging around on the internet, I came to the conclusion that there aren’t many concise lists of key texts in anthropology. I believe that lists of important anthropological texts are important especially for stude ...

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

There are often many questions asked about anthropology, so we thought it would be best to collect the most frequently asked questions here in one place. This list will most likely grow and change over time, but we hope that this page w ...

Anthropology Quotes

Anthropology Quotes

Anthropologists (and non anthropologists) have said some pretty interesting stuff, from things that relate to anthropology as a subject, to observations that can be applied to the wider world. Memorise these great anthropology quotes an ...

Exploring Trans-Biopolitics

I’ve recently submitted my undergraduate dissertation titled ‘Exploring Trans-Biopolitics – Attitudes and Activism Among Vegan Communities in Oxford’ and I thought it would be fun to share the project with you here on HJA. Even though I cannot share ...

Autoethnography is Nonsense

Autoethnography is Nonsense

Autoethnography is a method that is most often employed by social scientists. Autoethnography is comprised of the terms auto, ethno, and graphy. Auto refers to self, ethno refers to comparation or people, and graphy refers to the art of writing. It i ...

How do beliefs about pollution and dirt relate to systems of classification?

How do beliefs about pollution and dirt relate to systems of classification?

Mary Douglas (2002, pp.2) argues that “dirt is essentially disorder”, meaning that it is matter that falls between the categories of a socially constructed system of classification. So in terms of definition it “exists in the eye of the ...

Anthropology Fieldwork: A Short Comment

Anthropology Fieldwork: A Short Comment

In conclusion, I personally believe that fieldwork is anthropology’s main component. Without fieldwork, there would be very limited understanding in regards to different cultures, as it is the act of ‘participant observation’ that allow ...