Human Relations Area Files: The History and Development of HRAF
Sponsored by Human Relations Area Files
Recorded on 09/04/2018
Posted in The Authority File
In this series Dr. Carol Ember, president of HRAF, and Peter N. Peregrine, professor of archaeology at Lawrence University, join Bill to talk about the history, make-up, and relevance of HRAF—and how the cultures and cultural practices contained within its million pages of information can illuminate a wide variety research areas. This episode zeroes in on HRAF’s interdisciplinary inception, the research needs it was designed to meet, as well as its deep organizational structure.
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About the guests:
Carol R. Ember
Dr. Ember is President of the Human Relations Area Files at Yale University. She has served as President of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research and the Society for Anthropological Sciences. She was the principal director of the Summer Institutes for Comparative Anthropological Research, supported by the National Science Foundation. Most of her research career has been devoted to cross-cultural research on variation in marriage, family, kin groups, gender roles, predictors of war and other forms of violence.
Her current research is an NSF-supported project on how natural hazards may have transformed culture. She is interested in research that integrates the fields of anthropology as well as anthropology with other disciplines. She has authored or edited over 50 books and over 80 articles or chapters. Her textbook on how to do cross-cultural research, with Melvin Ember (Cross-Cultural Research Methods, 2002), won a Choice award for outstanding academic title—it is now in its 2nd edition).
Peter N. Peregrine
Peter N. Peregrine (born November 29, 1963) is an American anthropologist, registered professional archaeologist, and academic. He is well known for his staunch defense of science in anthropology, and for his popular textbook Anthropology (with Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember).
In addition to archaeology Peregrine has also made a number of contributions to cross-cultural studies. The focus of his work has been on developing archaeological correlates for various types of behavior, including warfare, post-marital residence, and social stratification. Peregrine also developed a sampling universe for conducting diachronic cross-cultural research using archaeological cases. The Outline of Archaeological Traditions, as this sampling universe is called, formed the basis of the Encyclopedia of Prehistory and the Human Relations Area Files Collection of Archaeology.
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