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Adam Kuper (born 1941) is an anthropologist most closely linked to the school of social anthropology. In his works, he often treats the notion of "culture" skeptically, focusing as much on how it is used as on what it means.

Born and raised in South Africa, he took his first degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. His doctorate, from the University of Cambridge, was based on field research in the Kalahari desert in what is now Botswana. After graduation he returned to Africa, doing further fieldwork in Botswana and Uganda and teaching for three years at Makerere University in Kampala. From 1970 to 1976 he taught at University College London. From 1976 to 1985 he was professor of African anthropology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. From 1985 to 2008 he was a professor at Brunel University, where he was the first head of the Department of Human Sciences, and latterly head of the Anthropology Department.

In Jan 2009 it was revealed that Brunel had reneged on an agreement to let him stay until 2010, when he would have been three years past the normal retirement age. Instead, he was forcibly retired in late 2008, just after the census date for publications submitted to the Research Assessment Exercise had passed, on the grounds that he was unable to raise the cost of his own salary from research income. Kuper is suing the University for breach of trust. The case has been reported in the media as an example of the shoddy and calculating approach taken by British Universities to senior academic staff, mirroring the case of the renowned literary critic Terry Eagleton, who was forcibly retired from the University of Manchester in 2008 when he reached 65.

In the early 1970s Kuper did fieldwork in Jamaica, on attachment to the National Planning Agency in the Office of the Prime Minister. However his main ethnographic focus continued to be the societies of Southern Africa, on which he has published several books. In 1973 he published a history of British social anthropology, and since then he has continued to study and publish on the intellectual history of anthropology, most recently a book on the idea of culture in the anthropological tradition. He was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Grant for two years (2003-5) which allowed him to spend more time on research. The topic is cousin marriage and incest in nineteenth century England.

He has supervised many PhD students on Southern African ethnography, history of anthropology, family business, and kinship.

The football writer Simon Kuper is his son.

Selected Publications   more �

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Total Books: 26
Anthropology and Anthropologists The British School in the Twentieth Century
Incest and Influence The Private Life of Bourgeois England
2009 - Incest and Influence the Private Life of Bourgeois England (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780674035898
ISBN-10: 0674035895
Genre: History
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The Reinvention of Primitive Society Transformations of a Myth
2005 - The Reinvention of Primitive Society Transformations of a Myth (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780415357609
ISBN-10: 0415357608
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The Social Science Encyclopedia
2003 - The Social Science Encyclopedia (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780415285605
ISBN-10: 0415285607
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Cultura
2001 - Cultura [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788449311406
ISBN-10: 8449311403
Genre: Nonfiction
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L'Anthropologie britannique au XXe sicle
2000 - L'anthropologie Britannique Au Xxe Sicle (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782845860803
ISBN-10: 2845860803
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Culture  The Anthropologists Account
2000 - Culture the Anthropologists Account (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674004177
ISBN-10: 0674004175
Genre: Nonfiction
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Among the Anthropologists History and Context in Anthropology
1999 - Among the Anthropologists History and Context in Anthropology (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780485115369
ISBN-10: 0485115360
Genre: Nonfiction
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The Chosen Primate Human Nature and Cultural Diversity
1996 - The Chosen Primate Human Nature and Cultural Diversity (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674128262
ISBN-10: 0674128265
Genre: Nonfiction
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Anthropology and Anthropologists The Modern British School
1996 - Anthropology and Anthropologists the Modern British School [3rd Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780415118958
ISBN-10: 0415118956
Genre: Nonfiction
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Invention of Primitive Society Transformations of an Illusion
1988 - Invention of Primitive Society Transformations of an Illusion (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780415009034
ISBN-10: 0415009030
Genre: Nonfiction
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The Invention of Primitive Society Transformations of an Illusion
1988 - The Invention of Primitive Society Transformations of an Illusion (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780415009027
ISBN-10: 0415009022
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Anthropologists and Anthropology British School 1922-72
1975 - Anthropologists and Anthropology British School 1922-72 [Peregrine Books] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140551006
ISBN-10: 014055100X
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1970 - Kalahari VIllage Politics an African Democracy [Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology] (Hardcover)
Wives for Cattle
Wives for Cattle [International library of anthropology] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780710009890
ISBN-10: 0710009895
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction
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Changing Jamaica
Changing Jamaica (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780710082411
ISBN-10: 071008241X
Genre: Nonfiction
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South Africa and the Anthropologist
South Africa and the Anthropologist (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780710209825
ISBN-10: 0710209827
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Anthropologists and anthropology The British School 1922-1972
Anthropologists and Anthropology the British School 1922-1972 (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780876639306
ISBN-10: 0876639309
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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El Primate Elegido
El Primate Elegido [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788474237306
ISBN-10: 8474237300
Genres: Nonfiction, Science & Math
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Ortodoxia y Tabu Apuntes criticos sobre la teoria antropologica
Ortodoxia Y Tabu Apuntes Criticos Sobre La Teoria Antropologica [Publicacions d'antropologia cultural - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788474886627
ISBN-10: 8474886627
Genre: Nonfiction
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