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

See also: List of scholars of ethnology

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

Ritual theory

Cyber anthropology

Design anthropology

Ecological anthropology

Economic anthropology

Political anthropology

Psychological 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 Award in Biological Anthropology.[22]


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 subjects. Among the key publications from related disciplines that have advanced anthropological scholarship are:


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  2. ^ "History and Mission". Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
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  4. ^ "What is Anthropology?". Discover Anthropology. Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  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.
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  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.
  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
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Jones 2010
  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. ^ "Buy Land, Law and the Left: Saga of Disempowerment of the Peasantry in the Era of Globalisation Book Online at Low Prices in India | Land, Law and the Left: Saga of Disempowerment of the Peasantry in the Era of Globalisation Reviews & Ratings -".
  18. ^ Pink, Sarah (2014-01-02). "Design and anthropology". Visual Studies. 29 (1): 109–110. doi:10.1080/1472586X.2014.863023. ISSN 1472-586X. S2CID 146709063.
  19. ^ 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. S2CID 147646929.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Foster, Nancy Fried (2015-08-01). "Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice. Wendy Gunn, Ton Otto, and Rachel Charlotte Smith, eds. London: PB - Bloomsbury , 2013. 284 pp". American Ethnologist. 42 (3): 566–567. doi:10.1111/amet.26_12146. ISSN 1548-1425.
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