Anthropology Magazine

The Fight to Secure Rights for Rainforests

Human 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.

  • religion origins - The Egyptians began constructing Karnak temple around 4,000 years ago. Archaeological evidence suggests large-scale religions arose throughout the world by 4,000 to 8,000 years ago.

    How Did Belief Evolve?

    An anthropologist traces the development of Homo sapiens’ most creative and destructive force, from the making of stone tools to the rise of religions.