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Anthropology Online and Anthropological Fieldwork Online

Thursday, 04 March 2021

Comprehensive databases of material relating to anthropology

Anthropological Fieldwork Online and Anthropology Online are two complementary collections created by the publisher Alexander Street. Users from the University of Graz have access to the entire content of both collections. Access to the licensed full texts is possible on campus without registering, and, for members of the university, from outside the campus via VPN. For more information on how to access and use the collections, please see the LibGuides for Anthropological Fieldwork Online and Anthropology Online. If you have any questions, please write to ub.zeitschriften(at)uni-graz.at.

Anthropological Fieldwork Online, as the name suggests, is devoted to the documentation of anthropological fieldwork. The goal of this collection is to complete the picture presented by the great ethnographies of the early 20th century, by giving access to the research that lay behind the published texts. The primary sources are made available to users in digital form in order that the scholarly achievements of that period can continue to be studied and expanded upon today.

The collection is constantly being added to and is expected to comprise around 250,000 pages of material when complete. So far, it contains the work of:

  • Bronislaw Malinowski
  • Victor and Edith Turner
  • Max Gluckman
  • Raymond Firth
  • Ruth Benedict
  • Charles Seligman
  • Edith Durham

Anthropological Fieldwork Online aims to make available the documentation from all stages of a scholar’s work, much of which has not been previously accessible. Information that did not make it into print can thus be rediscovered. The range of content allows users to appreciate the work of ethnographers in their historical and global context. It will be of use in both teaching and research across many fields such as the history of anthropology, cultural studies, social science methodology, history and colonial studies, and indigenous issues.

The collection

  • is fully indexed
  • contains photographs, maps and artwork in addition to written material
  • allows cross searching of the work of multiple scholars
  • can be browsed by archival content, content type, cultural group or subject.

Anthropology Online contains the results of the fieldwork, the final published texts. It aims to collate more than 100,000 pages of full-text material, ranging across the globe, with a focus on the developed world. Of particular interest to researchers are the tens of thousands of pages of previously unpublished material, brought together from major archives, that document the history of the discipline from the 19th century onwards. The collection is also a comprehensive resource for current developments. Anthropology Online will be of interest not only to anthropologists, but also to those who study politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography.

The content is searchable by geographical region, cultural or kinship group, anthropological subjects, and more. Currently the database contains 3,422 books and documents and new content is still being added. The following authors are already represented in the collection:

  • Franz Boas (The Mind of Primitive Man)
  • Ruth Benedict (Tales of the Cochiti Indians)
  • Margaret Mead (Coming of Age in Samoa)
  • Claude Levi-Strauss (Structural Anthropology)
  • Clifford Geertz (The Interpretation of Cultures)
  • A. R. Radcliffe-Brown (Structure and Function in Primitive Society)
  • David MacDougall (Transcultural Cinema)
  • Paul Rabinow (Essays on the Anthropology of Reason)
  • E. E. Evans-Pritchard (Nuer Religion)
  • Bronislaw Malinowski (Argonauts of the Western Pacific).

If you have any questions, please write to ub.zeitschriften(at)uni-graz.at.

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