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Anthony T. Carter

Education

PhD, Social Anthropology, "Political Alliances in Rural Western Maharashtra", Cambridge University (King's College), Cambridge, England, 1971

MA, Anthropology, "Rethinking Fortes", University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1964

BA cum laude, Anthropology, "Game Theory and Prediction in Social Anthropology", Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1963

Research Interests

Professor Carter has done fieldwork in India on rural politics, kinship and marriage, households and personhood. He has studied the cultures of children in India and the United States. He is currently doing fieldwork in a family planning clinic in the United States. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the National Geographic Society.

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Professor Carter received his M.A. from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He has done fieldwork in India on rural politics, kinship and marriage, households and personhood. He has studied the cultures of children in India and the United States. He is currently doing fieldwork in a family planning clinic in the United States. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the National Geographic Society.

Among his principal publications are Elite Politics in Rural India (Cambridge University Press, 1974), "A Comparative Analysis of Systems of Kinship and Marriage in South Asia" (the 1974 Curl Prize Essay of the Royal Anthropological Institute), "Hierarchy and the Concept of the Person in Western India" (1982), "Household Histories" (1984), "Agency and Fertility: For an Ethnography of Practice" (1995), "Cultural models and reproductive behavior" (1998), and "What Is Meant, and Measured, by 'Education'?" (1999). He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Vital Events: Toward an Anthropology of Population Processes.

Prof. Carter is Chair of the Committee on Demography and Anthropology of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

Curriculum Vitae

1973 Curl Prize, Royal Anthropological Institute.
1993- Editor, Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures (1993-present).
1997-2002 Chair, Committee on Demography and Anthropology, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.