I’m an emeritus professor of social anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

I’ve been researching the peoples of inner Asia, which is broadly the middle of the huge continent of Asia, and I’ve looked at their economic and political systems in different countries there. Also, I’ve done quite a lot of work on religion.

Publications

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A Monastery in Time: The Making of Mongolian Buddhism

The Unmaking of Soviet Life: Everyday Economies After Socialism

Culture and Environment in Inner Asia: 1. The Pastoral Economy and the Environment

Barter, Exchange and Value

Karl Marx Collective: Economy, Society and Religion in a Siberian Collective Farm

Urban Life in Post-Soviet Central Asia