Anthropology Magazine

Do Things Have to Be This Way?
  • Excerpt

    A group of people lie on an orange and brown floor, making a double star shape with their bodies.

    Do Things Have to Be This Way?

    In The Dawn of Everything, archaeologist David Wengrow and the late anthropologist David Graeber question the West’s most deeply entrenched—and often damaging—assumptions about human nature and society.

  • Crossroads

    Museum objects such as this painting—Frieze of Dancers, by Edgar Degas—may be impressive and beautiful, but they do not constitute civilization.

    How Men Stole Civilization

    For too long, we have failed to recognize the most important elements of a truly civilized society: political wisdom, cooperation, kindness … and women.