James G. Flanagan

Professor of Anthropology

(Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1983)

Research Interests
Dr. James Flanagan is a cultural anthropologist interested in kinship and political systems. Research areas include Oceania and Ireland. Dr. Flanagan teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Intro to Linguistic Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of Europe, and graduate-level courses in Political Anthropology, Kinship and Social Organization and the Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology. He also leads the summer Irish Studies Program.

Wovan Social Organization. Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania (1983).

Flanagan, James G. 1997. Egalitarian Societies. The Blackwell Dictionary of Anthropology. Thomas Barfield (ed.).

Flanagan, James G. and William Donner (eds.) 1997. Social Organization and Cultural Aesthetics. University Press of America.

Flanagan, James G. 1991. "Wovan" Encyclopedia of World Cultures Vol. II: Oceana. G.K. Hall, Boston.

Flanagan, James G. 1989a. Hierarchy in simple 'egalitarian' societies. Annual Review of Anthropology 18:245-266.

Flanagan, James G. 1989b. Temporary out-migration and the disruption of indigenous law and order. Journal of Anthropology 6(1):25-49. (Special issue, R. Scaglione (ed.) Customary Law and Legal Development in Papua New Guinea).

Flanagan, James G. and Steve Rayner (eds.) 1988. Rules, Decisions and Inequality. Gower Press, London.

Flanagan, James G. 1988. The cultural construction of equality on the Highlands' fringe. pp. 164-180, Flanagan, James G. and Steve Rayner (eds.) Rules, Decisions, and Inequality. Gower Press, London.

Flanagan, James G. 1987. Contact and the problems of initial census taking. McDevitt, T. (ed.) The Survey Under Difficult Conditions. HRAF Press, New Haven.

Courses Taught
ANT 101. Human Experience
ANT 221 Introduction to Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
ANT 301. History of Anthropology
ANT 428/528. Political Anthropology