Anthropology Magazine

Margaret Mead Imagined Different Futures

Cultural Relativity

  • Love and marriage - Thousands of couples were wed in a mass ceremony in South Korea on February 7, 2020. Some of them had only met a few weeks earlier, after being matched by the Unification Church.

    Does Love Always Come Before Marriage?

    Arranged marriages and love marriages are sometimes seen as cultural opposites, but it’s far more complicated. Anthropology shows how love and marriage are entwined in many different ways.

  • Rez Dogs - Painting by Lakota artist Keith Braveheart from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota.

    What Rez Dogs Mean to the Lakota

    Dogs on Native American reservations can be dangerous, but they have a long history and traditional role in many Indigenous communities. Remembering that is key to avoiding future violence.

  • What Milk-Sharing Communities Reveal

    As women in the United States create networks to give or receive breast milk, anthropologists are illuminating the complex social and cultural forces that shape mothers’ choices.

  • Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, high priestess of a convent of hijras, takes selfies with admirers at India’s 2019 Kumbh Mela religious festival.

    India’s Third Gender Rises Again

    Hijras are striving to overcome a century of discrimination and reclaim their holy status in society—through a mix of faith rituals and Facebook.