Anderson is a socio-cultural anthropologist who specializes in the anthropology
of religion (ritual and symbol systems) and politics, new media and
the social life of information technologies, and the Middle East. He
has done field research in Afghanistan and Pakistan on tribalism and
Islamic cosmology, and on Catholics in the Bible Belt South.
He currently researches the communications and information revolution in the
Arab world, transnational cultures and the social organization of international
He has been editor of the multidisciplinary Middle East Studies Association
Bulletin (1992-96), Program Chair of the American Anthropological
Association (1995), chair of its Advisory Group on Electronic Communication,
and President of the Middle East Section of the AAA (2000-02),
served on an SSRC Steering Committee for Information Technology &
International Cooperation (2002-05), and chaired the Program Committee
of the Middle East Studies Association for 2008.
Reformatting Politics: Information Technology and Global Civil Society
(co-edited with Jodi Dean and Geert Lovink, 2006), "Des communautés virtuelles? Vers
une théorie techno-pratique de'Internet dans le monde arabe,"
Maghreb-Machrek (Winter 2004); "New Media, New Publics:
Reconfiguring the Public Sphere of Islam," Social Research
(Fall 2003); New
Media in the Muslim World (co-edited with Dale F. Eickelman,
1999, second edition 2003); Arabizing
politics and religion in the Muslim world," Journal of Electronic
Publishing (September 1997); "The Middle East & North
Africa," Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology (1996); The
Culture of Bible Belt Catholics
(with William Friend. 1995).
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