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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 Miles Ogborn

Historical geography of trade & empire; seventeenth & eighteenth centuries; India; Caribbean; communication in speech, script & print

Professor Denise Pumain

Comparative analysis of the evolution of cities & systems of cities in different parts of the world; dynamic modelling of complex systems in social sciences; geographical theory.

Professor Neil Wrigley

Economic geography with distinctive focus on retail & consumption: specifically retail globalisation & its host-economy impacts; & policy & practice engaged research on retail access.