Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Edited By: Matei Candea

Impact Factor: 1.192

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 26/82 (Anthropology)

Online ISSN: 1467-9655

Associated Title(s): Anthropology Today

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Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Biological Anthropology Virtual Issue

Edited by: Dr Simon Underdown

Vice President of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Human Origins and Palaeoenvironments Research Group

Oxford Brookes University

The papers selected for this special virtual issue are drawn from the realm of biological anthropology (née physical) and represent not only how views of human evolution have changed over nearly 120 years, but also reflect the evolution of biological anthropology as discipline.

This issue is more than just a demonstration of diversity: it shows a subject that has always been self-critical and ever ready to embrace new science, to dismiss discredited ideas, and, above all, to evolve.

Read the Virtual Issue - Biological anthropology in the JRAI, now and then

At the JRAI we're taking advantage of having access to electronic versions of papers to provide you with a different way of using the journal. Themed online "virtual" issues focussing on topics of historical but also current interst within the discipline have been put together. Papers are selected from the period 2000-present, based on the content available online. We will also be adding information on papers relevant to the theme that have appeared in earlier issues of the JRAI. Our hope is that this strategy will provide researchers and students with a vital and easily usable resource.

The first theme related to the Anthropology of the Gift, an issue of perennial significance in anthropology and one that has, if anything, become more of a research focus than ever over the past two decades. The contents of the JRAI have reflected such interest, showing how the notion of the gift can be used to illuminate the wide selection of ethnographic cases discussed in our first virtual issue.

Read the Virtual Issue - Anthropology of the Gift
Read other articles of relevance to the theme of the virtual issue

Read the Virtual Issue - The Anthropology of Art and Aesthetics
Read the Virtual Issue - The Anthropology of Knowledge

GCE A-Level Qualification in Anthropology

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The Royal Anthropological Institute and the AQA Awarding Body are pleased to announce that they will work together to develop an A-Level qualification in anthropology. For more information, please click here.

Special Issue Book Series

The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute is the principal journal of the oldest anthropological organization in the world. It has attracted and inspired some of the world's greatest thinkers. International in scope, it presents accessible papers aimed at a broad anthropological readership. We are delighted to announce that their annual special issues are also repackaged and available to buy as books.

Latest books from the Special Issue Book Series:
- Doubt, Conflict, Mediation: The Anthropology of Modern Time edited by Laura Bear
- Blood Will Out: Essays on Liquid Transfers and Flows edited by Janet Carsten
- Making Knowledge: Explorations of the Indissoluble Relation between Mind, Body and Environment edited by Trevor H.J. Marchand
- Islam, Politics, Anthropology edited by Filippo Osella & Benjamin Soares
- The Object of Evidence edited by Matthew Engelke
- Wind, Life & Health edited by Elisabeth Hsu & Chris Low
- Ethnobiology and the Social Science of Humankind edited by Roy Ellen

The RAI News


Professor Johannes Fabian

Listen to The Huxley Memorial Lecture which took place on 4th February 2011. Professor Johannes Fabian talks about Cultural Anthropology and the Question of Knowledge.The associated article will be published in Volume 18, Issue 1 of JRAI.

Sir Geoffrey Lloyd

Watch the 2010 Henry Myers Lecture which took place in September 2010. Sir Geoffrey Lloyd talks about Humanity between Gods and Beasts? Ontologies in question.The associated article will be published in Volume 17, Issue 4 of JRAI.

Anthropology Index Online

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The Anthropology Index Online (AIO) is an online bibliographic database of journal articles covering many subfields of archaeology, linguistics, world arts, social and physical anthropology. Access is via, where conditions of use are also found. The AIO is published by the Royal Anthropological Institute, London, and is based on holdings of the Anthropology Library in the Centre for Anthropology, British Museum.