Adam Kuper

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Adam Kuper (born 1941) is a British 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.


  • Wives for Cattle: Bridewealth and Marriage in Southern Africa, Routledge, 1982.
  • The Invention of Primitive Society: Transformations of an Illusion, Routledge, 1988.
  • The Chosen Primate: Human Nature and Cultural Diversity, Harvard University Press, 1994.
  • Anthropology and Anthropologists: The Modern British School, Routledge, 3rd ed, 1996
  • with Jessica Kuper (eds.), The Social Science Encyclopaedia, Taylor & Francis, 2nd edition, 1996, PDF.
  • Culture: The Anthropologists' Account, Harvard University Press, 1999
  • The Reinvention of Primitive Society: Transformations of a Myth, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2005, PDF.