A great way to engage with Anthropology is by listening to debates, discussions, and interviews with anthropologists on radio programmes. The following section provides links to audio recordings categorised by subject matter or specialist area within anthropology.
Anthropology of Sport
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128626037 Anthropologist Dan Lieberman looks at endurance running without the fancy footwear. (Recorded in 2010)
http://www.npr.org/2011/01/31/133374805/Johnny-Clegg-Mixes-Infuses-Music-With-Anthropology Performer Johnny Clegg is a singer, songwriter and dancer who might also be described, without irony, as an anthropologist and a musical activist. Host Michel Martin speaks with the man who popularized the fusion of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms about his latest CD titled "Human." (Recorded in 2011)
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125502485 This programme looks at the debate of US forces in Afghanistan using civial anthropologists and other social science researchers to advise miltary commanders on how to work with locals. (Recorded in 2010)
Methodology and Ethics
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00fj2vc Anthropology and Espionage. John Gledhill, professor of social anthropology at the University of Manchester, charts his long-term research among the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico, and discusses the ethics and responsibilities of anthropologists in the field as well as uncovering the overlapping history of anthropology and espionage.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jvdh8 Anthropology at War. Mark Whitaker reports from Washington DC on the recent policy of the United States army to embed anthropologists and other social scientists with combat brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan.
American anthropologist Scott Atran interviewed extremists from various countries to find out what motivates people to take part in acts of terrorism (Recorded in 2010).
There is a growing number of excellent anthropology blogs on the Internet. The following selection is provided as a starting point for discovering topical debates, current research and activities related to various strands of the discipline.
http://afarensis99.wordpress.com/ Afrarensis is a blog which explores research, news items and topical debates about anthropology, evolution and science.
http://anthropology.net/ Anthropology.net’s mission is to create a cohesive online community of individuals interested in anthropology. The blog intends to promote and facilitate discussion, review research, extend stewardship of resources, and disseminate knowledge.
http://www.antropologi.info/ Anthropologi.Info provides a multilingual portal with information about anthropology in the news, updates on anthropological research, discoveries and topical debates. The blog can be read in English, German and Norwegian.
http://www.materialworldblog.com/ Material World is an interactive, online hub for contemporary debates, discussion, thinking and research centred on material and visual culture. It aims to create an international community of academics, students, curators and anyone with particular interests in this subject area.
http://savageminds.org/ Savage Minds is a collective web log devoted to both bringing anthropology to a wider audience as well as providing an online forum for discussing the latest developments in the field.
The following section lists some articles recently published in British and North American newspapers (such as The Guardian, The Times and The Globe and Mail) that mention anthropology or anthropologists’ work. Newspaper articles are a very valuable learning resource. They provide not only useful information, but also insight into how people outside the discipline view and communicate about anthropology, and more broadly, the multiple factors involved in determining which anthropological topics come to be covered in the public media.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2007/jul/17/highereducationprofile.academicexperts- an article about Professor Melissa Leach's research and the importance of ethnographic research (published in 2007).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2006/feb/07/highereducationprofile.academicexperts - an interview with anthropologist Professor Caroline Humphrey about her life and research (published in 2006).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2012/jun/25/origin-artists-humans-art-neanderthals?INTCMP=SRCH - an article exploring human evolution and the origins of the human production of art. (published in 2012)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/punctuated-equilibrium/2011/sep/01/1 - a video on the interbreeding between neanderthals and humans by Professor Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany (published 2011).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/aug/31/hand-axes-oldest-advanced-stone-tools -an article which looks at a recent discovery of hand tools in Kenya which suggests early humans were wielding sophisticated stone tools at least 300,000 years earlier than thought. (published 2011)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5364630.stm - an article about the discovery of a skeleton from a species thought to be a precursor to the first true humans (published in 2006). http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4674866.stm - an article about the infertility of Oetzi, the prehistoric man frozen in a glacier for 5300 years (published in 2006).
Ceremonies and Rituals
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6217502.stm - an article about the importance of the Saisiyat people’s legend and ritual ceremony (published in 2006).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/23/kula-traders-new-guinea-financial-markets?INTCMP=SRCH -an article that demonstrates how anthropological research on different economic systems help to analyse neoliberal financial models. (published in 2012)
Ethnomusicology (Anthropology and Music)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jan/24/popandrock-worldmusic/print - an article about a student of anthropology who became a music producer (published in 2009)
Fieldwork and Research
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3645594.stm - an article about an anthropologist’s research in Madagascar and his experiences writing for the President
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2006/feb/14/academicexperts.highereducation - an article about anthropologist Professor Jean Ensminger and her work with Kenyan nomads (published in 2006)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/sep/21/john-campbell-obituary -an article exploring the controversies of anthropologists being employed by the military (published 2008).
Medical Anthropology and Health
http://www.humantrafficking.org/updates/730/ American Anthropologist Kay Warren comments on global efforts to reduce human trafficking. (published in 2007).
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3095666.stm Anthropologist Melissa Parker talks about her research studying sexual networks and HIV transmission amongst disaffected gay men in London. (published in 2007)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/the-womens-blog-with-jane-martinson/2012/jul/23/sports-hijabs-muslim-women-olympics?INTCMP=SRCH -an article which explores how changes in rules and sportswear are inspiring more Muslim women to compete in international sport. (published in 2012)
http://news.discovery.com/human/olympics-games-phelps-douglas-bolt-120806.html - an article that links the behaviour of modern day athletes to early humans and apes. (published in 2012)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2006/mar/14/television - an article about the anthropologist and filmmaker Kim Longinotto (published in 2006).
Museums and Libraries
Visiting museums, art galleries, and other cultural institutions, is a great way to find out more about anthropology. Below is an interactive, regional map of the UK. Click on the region nearest you to find out more about the resource centres, libraries, and museums containing anthropological material in your area.
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG Tel: 020 7323 8299
Admission: Free (special exhibitions have a charge)
Collections: The BM has the largest and most extensive collections of worldwide ethnographic and archaeological material in Britain.
Centre for Anthropology Library (British Museum)
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8031 Admission: The Library is open to the public for reference and research. Fellows of the RAI are eligible to borrow items donated by the RAI. Collections: The Centre for Anthropology is effectively Britain's national anthropological library, with a stock of over 120,000 volumes and some 1,500 periodicals in addition to a significant Pictorial Collection. Every aspect of anthropology is covered: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistics, and such related fields as history, sociology and description and travel. The Royal Anthropological Institute's book collection was merged with the Museum's in 1976. The RAI continues to support the Library through donations of books and periodicals.
Horniman Museum, Gardens and Library
100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ Tel: 020 86991872 Admission: Free Collections: The museum and library collections include thousands of titles on ethnography, anthropological objects specialising in arts and crafts, musical instruments, and natural history and world cultures.
Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PP, England
Tel: 01865 270927 Admission: Free Collections: There is a wide range of archaeological and ethnographic objects from around the world, as well as an extensive photographic and sound archive collection.
Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ Tel: 01223 333516
Collections: The Museum's Anthropology section holds large and unparalleled Pacific collections (over 30,000 artefacts), including 18th-century material from Captain James Cook's voyages of exploration. There are particularly fine 19th- and 20th-century collections from Fiji, Vanuatu, New Guinea and the Torres Strait. The Museum also has major collections from Borneo, Malaysia, India, Uganda, West Africa, Amazon, Mexico, North American Plains and Northwest Coast, and the Canadian Arctic. There is also a unique collection of artefacts of British folklore; an archaeological collection and a vast photographic archive.
This section looks at why anthropology is unique amongst the human sciences, the skill set students acquire with their degree, and the variety of careers students can explore after university. Becoming an anthropologist means that you must be willing to adapt and explore different career possibilities and at the same time be willing to learn how to apply your skills and knowledge to a specific job. In certain sectors, such as health, or business, you may have to supplement your anthropological training with additional skills and knowledge in order to gain management positions or positions that warrant more responsibility.
The following resources provide general information on careers in anthropology. For specific resources, case studies and information on certain professions take a look at our pages on various careers sectors.
What do anthropologists do: (click on the following links to find out more about different career paths)
- Knowledge and Skills
- Academic Research
- Cultural Organisations
- Development/International Aid
This film gives an overview of what anthropologists and arcaheologists can do for careers.
http://weber.ucsd.edu/~jmoore/bioanthro/brochure2.html - provides information for physical anthropology students of career opportunities in non-academic settings.
To further explore anthropology visit http://www.discoveranthropology.org.uk