HRAF Advanced Research Centers

About hrafARC

The HRAF Advanced Research Centers (hrafARC) aim to promote basic and applied research in anthropology and to encourage and support comparative and cross-cultural research. More specifically, hrafARC aims to further the development of anthropology through comparative knowledge based on testable theory, sound research design and systematic methods for the collection and analysis of data. We seek to fulfill the historic mission of anthropology to describe and explain the range of variation in human biology, society, and culture across time and space. 

The main headquarters is at the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) building in New Haven, CT (755 Prospect Street).  HRAF is a nonprofit membership consortium affiliated with Yale University.  Carol R. Ember directs hrafARC in New Haven and Michael Fischer directs hrafARC  in the UK--see http://hrafarc.eu/.

hrafARC Current Research

We are currently working on a 5-year NSF-funded interdisciplinary project “Natural Hazards and Cultural Transformations.” Researchers from cultural anthropology, archaeology, psychology, geography and climatology, are conducting three types of comparisons--a worldwide cross-cultural comparison using ethnographic data, an diachronic archaeological comparison of twelve traditions before and after major severe climate events, and a comparison of countries.  We are looking at a broad variety of possible cultural transformations in response to hazards.  These range from diet and subsistence diversity, property systems, mutual aid, political economy, and general cultural “tightness."  All of these domains have been newly coded for this project.  Read more ...

hrafARC Data Repository

Peregrine, Peter N. 2017. “Political Participation and Long-Term Resilience in Pre-Columbian Societies.”  Disaster Prevention and Management 26(3).  https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-01-2017-0013

Peregrine, Peter N. 2018 "Social Resilience to Climate-Related Disasters in Ancient Societies: A Test of Two Hypotheses." Weather, Climate and Society 10(1): 145-161.  https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0052.1

Peregrine, Peter N. n.d. "Reducing Post-Disaster Conflict: A Cross-Cultural Analysis Using Archaeological Data" Environmental Hazards (under review).

Ember, Carol R., Eric C. Jones, Ian Skoggard and Teferi Abate Adem. Warfare, Atrocities, and Political Participation: Eastern Africa
Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research (in press) https://doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-05-2017-0290

Ember, Carol R., Ian Skoggard, Erik J. Ringen, and Megan Farrer. Our Better Nature:  Does Resource Stress Predict Beyond-Household Sharing? Evolution & Human Behavior 39 (4): 380-391. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1090513817302489

Skoggard, Ian, Carol R. Ember, Christina Carolus, and Emily Pitek, “The Gods Must Be Angry: Bad Weather, Supernatural Punishment

and Cooperative Behavior.” Paper submitted to Nature--Human Behaviour.

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