AIMS AND SCOPE OF JOURNAL: The Annual Review of Anthropology, in publication since 1972, covers significant developments in the subfields of anthropology, including archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistics and communicative practices, regional studies and international anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology.
The human sleep pattern is paradoxical. Sleep is vital for optimal physical and cognitive performance, yet humans sleep the least of all primates. In addition, consolidated and continuous monophasic sleep is evidently advantageous, yet emerging ...Read More
Figure 1: An Ornstein–Uhlenbeck (OU) model of total sleep time. The model inferred primate phylogeny transitions in the adaptive regime and shows deviations of the inferred adaptive regime from the ro...
The earliest South African hominids (humans and their ancestral kin) belong to the genera Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and Homo, with the oldest being a ca. 3.67 million-year-old nearly complete skeleton of Australopithecus (StW 573) from Sterkfontein ...Read More
Figure 1: The Silberberg Grotto within the underground caverns of the Sterkfontein Caves. The StW 573 skeleton was located to the right of the person in the lower center of the photo. Photo courtesy o...
Figure 2: The StW 573 skeleton after excavation, cleaning, and reconstruction. Photo courtesy of Paul John Myburgh.
Figure 3: Comparison of skulls of A. africanus (a) with A. prometheus (b and c). (a) Cranium of StW 53 from Sterkfontein, with mandible MLD 18 from Makapansgat; (b) cranium of StW 252, with mandible S...
Figure 4: The legs and left arm of StW 573 from Sterkfontein, showing the greater length of the legs compared with the arm.
In this review, we trace the origins and dissemination of syndemics, a concept developed within critical medical anthropology that rapidly diffused to other fields. The goal is to provide a review of the literature, with a focus on key debates. After a ...Read More
The philosophy of Charles S. Peirce, and in particular his theory of signs (semiotic), has seen increasing interest within archaeological theory over the past 20 years. This article reviews Peirce's most influential ideas within archaeology, directs ...Read More
Infrastructures are material forms that allow for the possibility of exchange over space. They are the physical networks through which goods, ideas, waste, power, people, and finance are trafficked. In this article I trace the range of anthropological ...Read More
Minna Ruckenstein and Natasha Dow Schüll Vol. 46, 2017
Over the past decade, data-intensive logics and practices have come to affect domains of contemporary life ranging from marketing and policy making to entertainment and education; at every turn, there is evidence of “datafication” or the conversion of ...Read More
Neoliberalism has been a popular concept within anthropological scholarship over the past decade; this very popularity has also elicited a fair share of criticism. This review examines current anthropological engagements with neoliberalism and explains ...Read More
This review surveys an emergent methodological trend in anthropological research that concerns the adaptation of long-standing modes of ethnographic practices to more complex objects of study. Ethnography moves from its conventional single-site location, ...Read More
▪ Abstract This article strives to meet two challenges. As a review, it provides a critical discussion of the scholarship concerning undocumented migration, with a special emphasis on ethnographically informed works that foreground significant aspects of ...Read More
Explore the causes, impacts, and prediction of climate change and related weather events. In this interdisciplinary article collection, our experts discuss the risk factors that influence extreme environmental and ecological change.
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From shifting to remote work and home-schooling children to restricting travel and leisure activities, to disrupting supply chains, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on virtually every facet of life. This interdisciplinary article collection looks at recent developments in COVID-19 research and the short-term and long-term impacts on society.
COVID-19 and the consequential events of 2020 have propelled science into the public consciousness. View this interdisciplinary article collection to explore the important relationship between science and the public, where experts consider the impact of evidence on policy, the role of scientists in shaping public opinion, and the need for trust in science.
2020 will be a year we never forget. While it's time to begin a new year of restoration and continued progress, it's also the time to revisit the high impact articles that were downloaded the most during 2020. Find which 20 articles from our 51 disciplines attracted the most attention from readers during the year.
In this interdisciplinary article collection, our experts explore the impact of democracy on society, including to the U.S. after women's suffrage and the politics, elections, and citizen equality of modern day.
This interdisciplinary collection spans decades and illustrates our increased understanding and successes in preventing and treating the HIV/AIDS pandemic.Through this lens, remaining challenges are identified and further reinforced by the current COVID-19 pandemic, including health inequity, vaccine development, and the lasting impacts on globaly society and culture.
A curated collection of articles that focus on discriminatory policing of minorities, on bias in the criminal justice system, on inequalities in healthcare and other relevant issues to aid in understanding discrimination and its impact, and what must be done to end it.
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The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on virtually every facet of life. The global outbreak continues partly because neither the disease nor its transmission is fully understood. Scientists are working at an extraordinary pace to understand the biology of the virus while investigating potential therapeutics and vaccine treatments. In support of this critical research, Annual Reviews has curated a collection of articles to assist the scientific community.
This collection includes 22 review articles addressing several interdisciplinary perspectives on aging: successful aging and historical perspectives; aging, disability, and public health; the biology of aging; and aging, populations, and social policy.
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This collection of 22 articles includes pioneering research from experts across the politics and policies of climate change. They cover a variety of ways in which the global population and the environment are adversely affected by climate change.
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This curated article collection includes 18 reviews of research from pioneers and leaders on ethics, public benefits, and concerns of genomics. Interdisciplinary research on basic science and the potential of genomic projects is also highlighted.
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