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16 Best Anthropology Books of All Time

Our goal: Build the most true list of best Anthropology books.

Our process:
1. Search for "best Anthropology books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1
    Appears in 3 articles
  2. 3
    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 4
    Appears in 2 articles
    Appears in 2 articles
  5. 7
    Appears in 2 articles
  6. 8
    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 11

    How to Read Ethnography

    Paloma Gay y Blasco

    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 16

    Beyond Culture

    Edward T. Hall

    Appears in 2 articles


  • What anthropological best books should I start with?

    We recommend "Anthropology" by Conrad Phillip Kottak. It is #1 on our list, so it had to pass a lot of tests to get there. That says a lot! So give it a try :)

  • How did you create this list of best anthropology books?

    We view the most popular anthropological lists on the internet to find the good ones, and then average their results.

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