The Anthropology of Tobacco


Anthropologists have long studied tobacco, what is today the world’s greatest cause of preventable death. Their publications have garnered modest attention, however, even as the academy is increasingly interested in global health, transnational commoditization, pharmaceuticals, and the politics of life and death. In "Tobacco", published in the June 29, 2011 issue of Annual Review of Anthropology, Associate Professor Matthew Kohrman and his colleague Peter Benson discuss why anthropology has not more ardently engaged the study of tobacco and its toxicity – including exposing for the first time how anthropologists have previously collaborated with the tobacco industry -- and identify areas for further research. Read Article