My top 5 Online Anthropology Sources

By Marie-Pierre Renaud

To read the first part of this post, head here.

Anthropology can make great contributions to social debates as well as other sciences, and I love to share my passion for what I study. Sharing comprehensive articles, podcasts and discussions with broader audiences can achieve just that.

So, here are my top 5 online anthropology sources, just for you.


Savage Minds is a blog where various authors share their anthropological perspective on current news, anthropological debates and many other topics, like why Doctor Who is an anthropologist or the Apocalypse and the Mayan Calendar. It is also a great place to start if you want to discover more bogs, forums and online communities dedicated to anthropology.

In the case of certain fields of anthropology, using online resources makes absolute sense. Take digital or cyborg anthropology, which focus on the study of the interactions between humans online or between human and technology. The Cyborg Anthropology website is a wiki where anthropologists and other experts can connect and share knowledge. For broader audiences, it is a wonderful source of information about gaming, online identities, texting, and much more. Have a look at Amber Case’s very interesting We are all Cyborgs TED talk to learn more.

Anthropology of this Century (aoct) is a new open access publication which focuses on recent developments in anthropology and reviews of anthropological work. The topics explored include LoveOccupy Wall Street, and independent film.  Charles Stafford, the publisher and editor, is a professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. The publication is available on the aoct website, which is part of the WordPress family. Ed Linfoot’s cover designs are colorful and modern, making this publication not only interesting but also very attractive to the eye.

JSTOR is usually the first place I look whenever I have research to do. It is an amazing resource where titles like Anthopologica, the Annual Review of Anthropology or Anthropology Now, can be explored. The digital library recently started adding books to its list of available material. It requires users to register to read articles and books, some of which are free. Copies can be downloaded for a fee, which may be substantial in some cases. Luckily for Students and university staff, they can often access JSTOR for free. The site can also be accessed freely using campus internet services in various universities.

Whenever I wish to get the latest news about grants, events and publications, I head to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) website. The Association offers a news page and a WordPress blog, and publishes in the Huffington Post. The AAA Race Project is one that needs more attention: the association has made it its mission to make people understand that the concept of race is one that biology can hardly defend, and one that is rooted in a history of Western domination.


I hope you enjoy discovering these great resources!

About Marie-Pierre Renaud

I am an anthropologist living in Quebec city, Canada. I specialize in native studies and anthropology of health. I am a geek. I founded and now co-manage The Geek Anthropologist blog. I am working on transforming my memoir into a book and journal articles. I like to knit while watching Star Trek. Reach out to me for collaborations!

There are 4 comments

  1. rarasaur

    Awesome links! I’m off to check them out. (Sorry for the following and unfollowing. I wasn’t getting your posts sent to my email immediately, so I’m hoping that will fix it. :))


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