The RAI runs an active programme of academic and educational publications in anthropology. It publishes the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Anthropology Today, the Anthropology Index Online and educational materials in support of the Anthropology A-level.

Anthropology Today is a bimonthly publication which aims to provide a forum for the application of anthropological analysis to public and topical issues, while reflecting the breadth of interests within the discipline of anthropology.

It is also committed to promoting debate at the interface between anthropology and areas of applied knowledge such as education, medicine and development, as well as that between anthropology and other academic disciplines.The journal is international both in the scope of issues it covers and in the sources it draws from.

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The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (formerly MAN) is a quarterly journal, with articles on all aspects of anthropology, as well as correspondence and a section of book and film reviews.

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Members of the RAI’s Education Committee have published educational resources to support the teaching and learning of anthropology at pre-university. The RAI is committed to continuing its development of resources for anthropology at all educational levels and abilities.




Anthropology Beginner's Guides

Anthropologists Joy Hendry and Simon Underdown offer the first introductory guide to explore both the biological and social approaches to the study of humanity, from the roots of humankind, through the traits  that all humans share, to the vast range of our sacred rituals.

Covering key study topics, including hierarchy, social identity, rites of passage, and the impact of globalization, this is the essential first step to understanding anthropology- for pre-university students, undergraduates, and anyone new to anthropology.

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 Introductory Readings in Anthropology

  • Edited by: Hilary Callan, Brian Street and Simon Underdown
  • The first anthropology reader intended to be used at A-level as well as first-year undergraduate levels.
  • Key Features:
  • Offers guidance for teachers in exploring the subject with their students
  • Edited by experts in the field, in consultation with the Royal Anthropological Institute.
  • Covers all four units to be taught as part of the Anthropology A-Level: “Being Human,” “Becoming a Person,” “Global and Local,” and “Practising Anthropology.”
  • Provides concise and accessible introductions to each section and subsection.
  • Features key extracts from essential anthropological works.
  • Includes new original texts written especially for the reader to clearly introduce key anthropological ideas.
  • Suggested further reading given for each section.

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Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology.

This is a FREE resource which contains chapters and discussions on many key anthropological themes. 

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