Anthropology Magazine

Sex in Sport: Men Don’t Always Have the Advantage

Human Nature

  • A group of people stand with their backs to the camera around a bonfire at night

    How Early Humans Shaped the World With Fire

    An archaeological project in Malawi shows how nearly 100,000 years ago, humans used fire to create wide-scale, permanent transformations of the natural environment. It's time to abandon the idea of "pristine nature."

  • Conservationist Madeleine Nyiratuza (center) walks through Rwanda’s Gishwati Forest with three eco-guards, who were charged with protecting the area.

    The Green Woods of Resilience

    An anthropologist unwinds the complex threads of forest conservation, revealing how Rwanda’s Gishwati Forest has emerged as a place of hope after decades of turmoil.

  • counterterrorism ethnography - A British army helicopter flies over Estonian forests during a massive annual military training exercise.

    The Public Problem With Counterterrorism

    Ethnographic research with people who have survived terrorist attacks and with those who protect the public reveals how little these two groups understand each other.

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    My Nonbinary Child

    An anthropologist muses on what her career and child have taught her about gender stereotypes and fluidity.