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Radcliffe-Brown Lectures in Social Anthropology

This lecture series was established by the British Academy and the Association of Social Anthropologists, and named after the Association’s first President, A R Radcliffe-Brown FBA. The lecture was first delivered in 1972.

Click on the blue links for outputs from the lectures or event information.
(Note: the published texts of the 1972-1999 lectures, and those from 2012 onwards are available open access; the texts of the 2001-2009 lectures are not available open access.)

2017  Some turns in a ‘journey to the West’: Cosmological proliferation in an anthropology of Eurasia
by Wang Mingming (event information)

2015  Anthropology, digital music and the contemporary, by Georgina Born (video)

2012  Andaman Islanders and Polar Eskimos: emergent ethnographic subjects c. 1900, by Kirsten Hastrup (text | video)

2009  Anthropology in the Territory of Rights, Islamic, Human, and Otherwise ..., by Lila Abu-Lughod (text | audio)

2007  Anthropology is Not Ethnography, by Tim Ingold (text | text extract | audio)

2005  Beyond Nature and Culture, by Philippe Descola (text)

2003  The Geography of Descent, by Gillian Feeley-Harnik (text | audio)

2001  The Disease of Language and the Language of Disease, by James W Fernandez (text)

1999  Conceptual Tools for a Natural Science of Society and Culture, by Dan Sperber (text)

1997  Social Intelligence and the Emergence of Roles and Rules, by Esther Goody (text)

1995  Honour, by Julian Pitt-Rivers (text)

1992  On Individualism, by Alan Macfarlane (text)

1992  Muhammad and Jenghiz Khan Compared: The Religious Factor in World Empire Building, by Anatoly M Khazanov (text)

1988  Cosmologies of Capitalism: The Trans-Pacific Sector of ‘The World System’, by Marshall Sahlins (text)

1986  On the Tendency of Human Societies to Form Varieties, by W G Runciman (text)

1984  Under the Lineage’s Shadow, by Jack Goody (text)

1982  Nationalism and the Two Forms of Cohesion in Complex Societies, by Ernest Gellner (text)

1980  On Value, by Louis Dumont (text)

1979  A Performative Approach to Ritual, by S J Tambiah (text)

1976  Social Anthropology: A Natural Science of Society? by Edmund Leach (text)

1974  African Traditional Law in Historical Perspective, by Max Gluckman (text)

1972  The Sceptical Anthropologist? Social Anthropology and Marxist Views on Society, by Raymond Firth (text)

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