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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 Linda McDowell

Geographies of labour market change in the UK; gender divisions of labour; interactive work in the service sector; economic migration since 1945; memory and oral histories, especially of women migrants

Professor Daniel Miller

Anthropology of Social Media and Digital Anthropology. Anthropological approaches to material culture including clothing and homes; the role of objects in relationships; the process of consumption and the study of commerce and value

Professor Susan Smith

Unequal geographies. The dynamics and integration of housing, mortgage and financial markets; the uneven geographies of credit and investment risks in housing; the uneasy encounter between market mechanisms and an ethic of care

Professor Paul Cloke

Geographies of rural change and nature-society relations; geographies of ethics, with expertise in homelessness, ethical consumption, and the role of faith-based organisations in tackling social exclusion