College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Dr. Linda Stone

Ph.D., Brown University
Professor Emeritus
Cultural Anthropology


Kinship and gender, international development, religion, South Asia


Dr. Stone with Chief
Linda Stone worked as a consultant to the WHO on Irian Jaya, Indonesia. This project sought to bring primary health care services to indigenous highland populations. Stone’s assignment was to design a training program for local primary health care workers and to suggest how the new health care services could best be integrated with indigenous conceptions of health and illness.

Linda Stone is a cultural anthropologist who earlier conducted extensive research in Nepal on traditional medicine and religion.

She also worked on a number of development projects in Nepal concerned with the introduction of modern medical options and their integration with local cultural understandings of health and illness. Other development projects on which she worked included natural resource conservation and environmental sustainability.

She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization in the countries of Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia, and as a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Nepal. More recently her interests have focused on anthropological kinship, its intersection with gender, the evolution of human kinship systems, and the impact of genetic knowledge on kinship constructions.

Representative publications

2005 Kinship and Gender: An Introduction. 3rd Edition. Westview Press.

2005 (with Paul F. Lurquin ) A Genetic and Cultural Odyssey: The Life and Work of L.L. Cavalli-Sforza. Columbia University Press.

Village2005 (with Jeannette Mageo) The Trope of Female Sexual Agency in Science and Social Science. In Studies in Gender and Sexuality 6(1):77-104.

2004 (with Robert Parkin) Family and Kinship: An Anthropological Reader. Blackwell Publ.

2002 (with Nancy P. McKee) Gender and Culture in America. Second edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ:Prentice Hall.

2001 New Directions in Anthropological Kinship, ed. Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield Publs.

Classical articles:

Ceremony1995 (with Caroline James) Dowry, Bride-Burning and Female Power in India. In Women's Studies International Forum. 18(2):125-134. Reprinted in Caroline B. Brettell and Carolyn F. Sargent, eds., 1997. In Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective, 2nd Ed., pp. 270-279. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

1992 Cultural Influences in Community Participation in Health. In Social Science and Medicine. 35(4):409-418.

1989 Cultural Crossroads of Community Participation: A Case from Nepal. In Human Organization. 48(3):206-213.

1988 Illness Beliefs and Feeding the Dead in Hindu Nepal. Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, New York.

1986 Primary Health Care for Whom? Village Perspectives from Nepal. In Social Science and Medicine 22: 293-302. Reprinted in The Culture of Health and Illness: Readings in Medical Anthropology, 1990, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1978 (with J. Gabriel Campbell and Ramesh Shresta) The Use and Misuse of Social Science Research in Nepal. Ratna Pustak, Kathmandu.

Dr. Linda Stone

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