Our books examine how people in disparate cultures across time and space live and think about their world—an examination that encourages us to think critically about our own cherished assumptions about culture, race, gender, reason, politics, and more. The Princeton list features work identified with the subfield of social or cultural anthropology, privileging theoretically and historically informed ethnography.
Recent offerings extend classic ethnographic methods into the study of emerging forms of digital culture. Princeton’s list also illuminates the biological and evolutionary aspects of human development, including books in paleoanthropology, primatology, cultural and behavioral evolution, human biology, and evolutionary medicine.
The water crisis on the High Plains
The Ogallala aquifer has nourished life on the American Great Plains for millennia. But less than a century of unsustainable irrigation farming has taxed much of the aquifer beyond repair.
Eric Cline on Digging Deeper: How Archaeology Works
To be perfectly honest, this is the book that I wish had been available when I was just starting out in archaeology and before I went on my first dig as a sophomore in college—a book small enough that I could slip it into my back pocket and pull out whenever I had a spare moment to read a couple of pages or a whole chapter.
Craigslist’s lessons for a weirder, more ethical internet
When I first started teaching undergrad courses on the internet and society, it was 2010. Back then, students usually walked into the classroom with a fairly positive attitude about digital technology. They saw the internet as a vital tool for democracy, an important way to network for future jobs and connect with their friends.
Jessa Lingel on An Internet for the People
Begun by Craig Newmark as an e-mail to some friends about cool events happening around San Francisco, craigslist is now the leading classifieds service on the planet. It is also a throwback to the early internet.
Robert Wuthnow on The Left Behind
What is fueling rural America's outrage toward the federal government? Why did rural Americans vote overwhelmingly for Donald Trump? And, beyond economic and demographic decline, is there a more nuanced explanation for the growing rural-urban divide?
Ten Ways to Think Like an Anthropologist
Are you ready to start thinking like an anthropologist? Follow these 10 tips to gain a deeper understanding of how different groups of humans organize their lives and articulate their values!