Author Archives: Matthew Longcore

Featured Global Scholar: José Manuel Rodríguez Arce

HRAF Global Scholar: José Manuel Rodríguez Arce Title: Independent Researcher University Affiliation: University of Costa Rica Research Topic: Universality and diversity in human psychoactive drug use; Cross-cultural functions of hallucinogen ingestion José Manuel Rodríguez Arce is…

Teaching a comparative approach with eHRAF research papers

The Comparative Approach in Anthropology In a blog titled Where Have All the Comparisons Gone?, originally published on the website for the Society For Cultural Anthropology, Robert Borofsky from the Center For A Public Anthropology…

HRAF partners with the Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis

The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University recently became a partner in the Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis (CfAS), an organization focused on funding collaborative working groups in archaeology and related fields. The Coalition…

Marriage and Family – A New Topical Summary for Explaining Human Culture

A new topical summary on Marriage and Family is now available in Explaining Human Culture, our open access database that summarizes the results of over 1,000 cross-cultural studies. This EHC summary is co-authored by HRAF President Carol R.…

Is Romantic Kissing a Cultural Universal? UConn Students Explore the Question with eHRAF

Is romantic kissing a cultural universal? According to cross-cultural researchers, the answer, definitively, is no. While western societies often take for granted the notion that romantic partners express their desire for one another through kissing,…