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Professor Alan Macfarlane FBA

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About this Fellow

History Social & Cultural Anthropology, Other Branches



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science, University of Cambridge; Fellow, King's College, Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Reader in Historical Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 1981 - 1991
  • Professor of Anthropological Science, University of Cambridge, 1991 - 2009
  • Fellow, King's College University of Cambridge, 1981
  • Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge, 2009
  • Professor of Anthropological Science, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 1991


The origins of English individualism 1978

The diary of Ralph Josselin, 1616-1683 (_RSEH ns_ 3, 1976)

The savage wars of peace 1998

The making of the modern world 2002

Japan Through the Looking Glass 2007

Other Anthropology and Geography Fellows

Professor John Gledhill

Social anthropology: thematic interests in comparative analysis of political life, power relations, social movements, the state, political economy, migration, conflict and security; regional specialisation in Latin American societies and history

Professor Michael Goodchild

The representation and analysis of phenomena distributed in space and time, especially the space of the Earth's surface; the application of geographic information systems to research in the social sciences and humanities.

Professor Philippe Descola

The ethnology of Amazonian Indians, especially of their use and perception of the environment; the comparative anthropology of the relations between nature and society

Professor Susan Owens

Environmental governance: relations between land use planning, environment & sustainability; policy processes in modern democracies, especially the role of knowledge, ideas & advice in policy formation & change.

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