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Professor Alan Barnard FBA

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About this Fellow

Comparative ethnography of southern Africa; contemporary hunter-gatherers; the history of anthropology; the social anthropology of human origins, especially the co-evolution of language and kinship



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of the Anthropology of Southern Africa, University of Edinburgh

Past Appointments

  • Emeritus Professor of the Anthropology of Southern Africa, University of Edinburgh, 2016


Anthropology and the Bushman 2007

Social Anthropology and Human Origins 2011

Genesis of Symbolic Thought 2012

Language in Prehistory 2016

Research Practices in the Study of Kinship 1984

A Nharo Wordlist, with Notes on Grammar 1985

History and Theory in Anthropology 2000

Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa: A Comparative Ethnography of the Khoisan Peoples 1992

Kalahari Bushmen (children's book) 1993

Social Anthropology: A Concise Introduction for Students 2000

Los pueblos cazadores recolectores: Tres conferencias dictadas en Argentina / The Hunter-Gatherer Peoples: Three Lectures Presented in Argentina 2001

Social Anthropology: Investigating Human Social Life 2006 (2nd edn)

Other Anthropology and Geography Fellows

Professor Roy Ellen

Anthropology of the environment, cultural cognition, ethnobiological knowledge systems; eastern Indonesia

Professor Janet Carsten

The anthropology of kinship with particular reference to Malaysia & Britain, domestic relations, historical migration, the house, adoption reunions, kinship & memory, bodily substance, the interface between popular & medical ideas about blood.

Professor Derek Gregory

Social theory and human geography; colonial power, late modern war and military occupation in the Middle East; Orientalism and cultures of travel in Egypt, 1780-1920.