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Learn Anthropology on the Web: 10 Top Anthropology Blogs

Jan 07, 2011

Anthropology is a vast field that spans ethnography, genetics, media studies, culture studies, linguistics and even photography and film. These 10 blogs offer essential insight and information on all these topics and more from student and professional anthropologists.

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1. American Anthropological Association

Want to get the inside scoop on news and events in the professional world of anthropologists? Head over to the blog of the American Anthropological Association.

2. Anthropology.net

This blog offers discourse on current topics in anthropology, reviews of recent research and literature and the dissemination of useful knowledge and resources from the field. Run by several students of anthropology and medicine, the site aims to create a 'cohesive online community' of anthro-enthusiasts.

3. Anthropology Works

The Culture in Global Affairs research program at George Washington University runs Anthropology Works, a blog focused on cultural anthropology. The authors have several lofty goals, including fostering current research in the discipline, promoting scholarship and academic discourse and analyzing new developments in the field. All of this is pursued in a refreshing and accessible tone.

4. International Cognition & Culture Institute

This all-online institute, which was founded with the support of the London School of Economics and the French Institut Jean Nicod, offers literature reviews, news and analysis on current topics in cultural studies.

5. Ethnography.com

This collection of practicing and student anthropologists blogs about all topics in ethnography, from studying subsistence farming to ethics debates in the field.

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6. media/anthropology

John Postill is an anthropologist who specializes in media studies. His blog takes an anthropological perspective on such current issues as the interaction of new media and politics, social tagging and web activism. He also publishes book reviews and information about current talks and conferences in the field.

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7. Photoethnography

If you're interested in visual anthropology, check out the official blog of Photoethnography.com. Although the blogger's cultural focus is on Japan, she writes primarily on broader issues of using photography and film for ethnographic studies, from challenges with equipment to ethnographic film festivals.

8. Islam, Muslims and An Anthropologist

This Italian-born (English-language blogging) field anthropologist specializes in Islamic culture and communities. He shares his research experiences and commentary on happenings in Muslim societies around the world, and attempts to dispel many common prejudices and myths about Islam.

9. SLA Blog

Linguistic anthropology refers to the study of people via their language. The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) offers a comprehensive blog covering news and happenings in the field as well as analysis of current events through the lens of a linguistic anthropologist.

10. Dienekes' Anthropology Blog

The study of genetics has opened up a whole new world in the discipline. Learn all about the field of genetic anthropology on this blog, which offers in-depth analysis of the history of many different peoples' via their genetic information.

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