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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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  • Roza Khokhlova, Zul 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Roza says she celebrates Zul every year. She goes to the temple and performs a ritual to prolong the lives of her children and close relatives. Before Zul she buys grass stems for birthday candles. For example, last year ...
  • Sanal Lidzhiev, Well Wishes 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Sanal relays 5 well wishes that are uttered in different life situations. (1) A well wish said to a newborn child: ‘Let the newborn have its umbilical cord healed quickly and have strong legs/ Let the newborn glorify his/her ...
  • Sanal Lidzhiev, Praises 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Sanal says that Kalmyk men utter praises (magtal) in order to cheer themselves or others up. He says a praise about how to skillfully throw a lasso: ‘In a place full of holes and bumps/ In complete darkness where the eye ...
  • Sangadzhi Kononov, About Kalmyk Wedding 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Sangadzhi talks about wedding rituals, including matchmaking, wedding, gal tyalgn (fire ritual) and others. Born in the village of Khanata in Maloderbetovskiy rayon, Sangadzhi belongs to the Onkyakhn clan (arvn). After ...

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