Bibliography of anthropology

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


  • Steven Feld, Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weepings, Poetics and Sound in Kaluli Expression, 1982



  • Sally Merry, Colonizing Hawai'i: The cultural power of law, 2000
  • Clifford Geertz, Available Light: Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics, 2000
  • Gordon Mathews, Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket, 2000
  • Patrick Tierney, Darkness in El Dorado, 2000
    • Tierney's book was determined to be deliberately fraudulent.[15][16]
  • Tim Ingold, The perception of the environment: essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill, 2000
  • Frans de Waal, The Ape and the Sushi Master, 2001
  • William Ray, The Logic of Culture: Authority and Identity in the Modern Era, 2001
  • Vassos Argyrou, Anthropology and the Will to Meaning: A Postcolonial Critique, 2002
  • Jone Salomonsen, Enchanted Feminism: The Reclaiming Witches of San Francisco, 2002
  • Talal Asad, Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity, 2003
  • Jean Rouch, Cine-Ethnography, 2003
  • Theodore C. Bestor, Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World, 2004
  • Janet Carsten, After Kinship, 2004[12]
  • Aihwa Ong and Stephen J. Collier, Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems, 2004
  • Anna L. Tsing, Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, 2005
  • Marcel Detienne, The Greeks and Us: A Comparative Anthropology of Ancient Greece, 2005 (English translation: 2007)
  • Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Anthropology and development. Understanding contemporary social change, 2005
  • Nicholas Wade, Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors, 2006
  • Philippe Descola, Beyond Nature and Culture, 2005 (English translation: 2013)
  • Paige West, Conservation is our Government now: The Politics of Ecology in Papua New Guinea, 2006
  • Veena Das, Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary, 2007
  • Andrew Apter, Beyond Words: Discourse and Critical Agency in Africa, 2007
  • Paul Rabinow, Marking Time: On the Anthropology of the Contemporary, 2008
  • Eugene S. Hunn, A Zapotec Natural History, 2008
  • Johannes Fabian, Ethnography as Commentary: Writing from the Virtual Archive, 2008
  • Stefan Helmreich, Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas, 2009
  • Neni Panourgiá, Dangerous Citizens: The Greek Left and the Terror of the State, 2009
  • Philippe Bourgeois and Jeff Schonberg, Righteous Dopefiend, 2009


  • Margaret Lock and Vinh-Kim Nguyen, An Anthropology of Biomedicine, 2010
  • Ulf Hannerz, Anthropology's World: Life in a Twenty-First Century Discipline, 2010
  • David Graeber, Debt: The First 5000 Years, 2011
  • Tim Ingold, Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description, 2011
  • Alan Barnard, Social Anthropology and Human Origins, 2011
  • James D. Faubion, An Anthropology of Ethics, 2011
  • Maurice Bloch, Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge, 2012
  • Jason Ānanda Josephson, The Invention of Religion in Japan, 2012
  • Neil L. Whitehead and Michael Wesch (editors) Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End of Anthropology, 2012
  • Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human, 2013
  • Arnold Groh, Research Methods in Indigenous Contexts, 2018

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

  • Arnold van Gennep, The Rites of Passage, 1909
  • Émile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, 1912[11]
  • Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo, 1913
  • Erving Goffman, Interaction Ritual, 1967
  • Victor Turner, The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure, 1969
  • David Kertzer, Ritual, Politics, and Power, 1988
  • Bruce Kapferer, A Celebration of Demons, 1991
  • Mario Perniola, Ritual Thinking: Sexuality, Death, World, 2000
  • Philippe Buc, The Dangers of Ritual: Between Early Medieval Texts and Social Scientific Theory, 2001
  • Robert N. McCauley and E. Thomas Lawson, Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms, 2002
  • Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright (editors), Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice, 2008

Cyber anthropology

Design anthropology

  • Wendy Gunn and Jared Donovan (eds), Design and Anthropology, 2012[17][18]
  • Wendy Gunn, Ton Otto and Rachel Charlotte Smith (eds), Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice, 2013[19][20]

Ecological anthropology

  • Julian Steward, Theory of Culture Change: The Methodology of Multilinear Evolution, 1955
  • William Balée, Cultural Forests of the Amazon: A Historical Ecology of People and Their Landscapes, 2014

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

Urban anthropology

  • Delany, Samuel R. (1999). Times Square Red, Times Square Blue. New York, New York: New York University Press. ISBN 0-8147-1919-8.
  • Ulf Hannerz, Exploring the City: Inquiries Toward an Urban Anthropology, 1980