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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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  • Afterword: Village space and the experience of difference and hierarchy between normative orders 

    Stasch, Rupert Stirling (SAGE Publications, 2017-10-16)
    This afterword traces certain shared themes across the studies in this special issue and my research on village formation among Korowai of Indonesian Papua. I focus on what Chio describes as the ‘relationality’ of the ...
  • Everyday Intimacies of the Middle East 

    Zengin, A; Sehlikoglu, Sertaç (Duke University Press, 2016-07-01)
    In the last decade the question of intimacy in the Middle East has received renewed scholarly attention in its relation to love, sentimentality, sexuality, gender, and erotics (Mahdavi 2009; Najmabadi 2005; Ozyegin 2015; ...
  • Revisited: Muslim Women’s agency and feminist anthropology of the Middle East 

    Sehlikoglu, Sertaç
    This article locates imaginative aspects of human subjectivity as a feminist issue by reviewing the concept of agency in the genealogy of Muslim and Middle Eastern women in anthropological and ethnographic literature. It ...
  • Failing Well: Becoming Vaishnava in an Ideal Vedic City 

    Fahy, John
    Since the early 1970s the small town of Mayapur in West Bengal has been home to a multinational Gaudiya Vaishnava community of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) devotees, popularly known as the Hare ...

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