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Combines expertise in the central traditional fields of social anthropology with active explorations of new areas of study

The Department of Social Anthropology at Cambridge is a major centre for anthropological research. It combines expertise in the central traditional fields of social anthropology with active explorations of new areas of study. Most of the main anthropological fields of kinship, religion and ritual, economics, law and politics are studied.

Particular current interests in the department include gender relations, comparative sociology, modes of communication, medical anthropology, demographic anthropology, urban studies, philosophy and anthropology, historical anthropology, symbolic systems, economic and development anthropology, ethnicity, history of anthropology, art and aesthetics.

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  • Combing Cashmere 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-04-11)
    Batusurun, a herder in Yisen Tologai village (Nine-Head) village, is a descendant of one of the richest Torghuts in Hobogsair in the last century. As he says, his great grandfather’s flocks reached 10,000 heads once in the ...
  • Changing Lifestyle in Bayanbulag 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-01-15)
    Bataa lived with her parents in Bayanbulag until the age of 16. As she recalls, those were the best years when they herded their flocks and moved around different places every season. The Cultural Revolution, however, had ...
  • Catching horses with a lasso 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-08-12)
    This video is about the process of catching horses as demonstrated by Sükhe and his neighbours who use their handmade lassoes to catch a mare with its foal in their summer farm. As Sükhe says, he often gives his young son ...
  • Branding Camel calves 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-04-10)
    For herders, springtime is the most important and busiest season in a year. It is a lambing season, and a time when people need to brand new born animals and shear the hair of old ones. In this video, Pervei with his son ...

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