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Professor Emeritus |Sociocultural Anthropology
Office Hours
By appointment,
Thursdays and Fridays are the best times

Special Interests

Ethnic arts, tourism, heritage, museums; multiculturalism, Inuit, Circumpolar peoples, China, Japan.


I was educated in Classics at King's, Canterbury and Natural Sciences and Anthropology at Cambridge, McGill and University of Chicago. I have carried out ethnographic research with the Inuit (and Naskapi) of Canada (and Alaska and Greenland) since 1959, and in Japan (and East and Southeast Asia) since 1974, and China since 1991.

I have taught at Berkeley since 1964, with visiting appointments at the National Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Le Centre des Hautes Etudes Touristiques, Aix-en-Provence, the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka, the Research Center for Korean Studies, Kyushu National University, Fukuoka, the International Institute for Culture, Tourism and Development, London Metropolitan University, the UF Rio Grande del Sol, Porto Alegre, Brazil and I have lectured at twenty-four Chinese universities.F. At Berkeley, I teach my seminar on Tourism, Art and Modernity (since 1977) and I am co-chair of the Tourism Studies Working Group ( My recent research has focused on the study of art, tourism, museums, and the expression and representation of identity. I am now working on Contemporary Tourism in Asia (Japan and China). I am continuing my research on contemporary Inuit arts including "urban Inuit arts" and I also work with the Canadian Inuit cultural organization, Avataq, in Nouveau Quebec, and with Inuit institutions in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on aspects of cultural preservation and autonomy.

Representative Publications


1969    Eskimos without Igloos. Boston: Little, Brown.

1971    (ed.) Readings in Kinship and Social Structure. New York: Harper & Row

1973    Circumpolar Peoples: An Anthropological Perspective. Pacific Palisades: Goodyear (co-authour with Stephen B. Strong).

1976    (ed.)  Ethnic and Tourist Arts: Cultural Expressions from the Fourth World. Berkeley: University of California Press.

1980    Le Musée et l’experience du Visiteur Aix-en-Provence: Centre des Hautes Etudes Touristiques.

1983    The Anthropology of Tourism (ed.), Special Issue Annals of Tourism Research 10(1)                                 

1983    To Pray, Pay and Play: the Cultural Structure of Japanese Domestic Tourism. Aix-en-Provence: Centre des Hautes Etudes Touristiques

1989   (ed.) Anthropological Research on Contemporary Tourism: Student Papers from Berkeley Special issue of Kroeber Anthropological Society Journal 67-68

1991   Tourism Social Sciences Special issue of Annals of Tourism Research Oxford: Pergamon Press (senior co-editor, with Jafar Jafari).  

2000   Catalogue Raisonné of the Alaska Commercial Company Collection: Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology Berkeley: University of California Press (University of California Publications in Anthropology No. 21) (co-authored with Molly Lee and Jean-Loup Rousselot)

2004   “Beyond Art/Artifact/Tourist Art: Social Agency and the Cultural Value(s) of the Aestheticized Object” Special issue of Material Culture 9 (2) (Co-edited with Aaron Glass).

2008   Multiculturalism in the New Japan. London and NY: Berghahn Graburn, Nelson, John Ertl and Rodric Kenji Tierney (eds).

2009    旅游人类学论文集[Anthropology in the Age of Tourism.] Guilin: Guanxi Normal University Press

2009    Current Themes in Indigenous Tourism. Special Issue of LondonJournal of Tourism, Sport and Creative Industries. 2 (1) co-edited with Alexis Bunten.

2009  GRABURN, Nelson; BARRETTO, Margarita; STEIL, Carlos Alberto; GRÜNEWALD, Rodrigo de Azeredo; SANTOS, Rafael José dos. (280A) Turismo e antropologia: novas abordagens. Campinas: Papirus, (Coleção Turismo)

2010   Tourism and Glocalization: Perspectives in East Asian Studies. Suita, Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, Senri Ethnological Studies. Han Min and Nelson Graburn (eds.)

2011    第13集国際シンポジウム: 観光から見る東アジアのエスニシティと国家[13th International Symposium: What we can learn from Ethnic Tourism and the State in East Asia.] Kura: College of Human and Social Sciences, Kanazawa Univ.. Edited by John Ertl, with Nelson Graburn and Shinji Yamashita

2011   “Imagined Landscapes of Tourism” Special issue Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change 9 (3). N. Graburn and Maria Gravari-Barbas (eds.)

2014   Tourism Imaginaries: Anthropological Approaches. London: Berghahn. Noel Salvador and Nelson Graburn (eds.)


Recent papers:

2015  人类学视野下的少数民族旅游与遗产:中国和西方的比较研究.” [Anthropological Visions of Ethnic Tourism and Heritage: China and the West]. Journal of Blaise College (Guangxi)

“Ethnic Tourism in Rural China: Cultural or Economic Development” in Anya Diekmann and Melanie Smith (eds.) Ethnicand Minority Communities as Tourist Attractions. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

2014  “Heritage Ancient and Modern: Patrimony, Rubbish and Rewards.” [in Chinese, translated by Zheng Xiangchun], in Thinking,  40 (6): 103-109.

2013  “Anthropology and Couchsurfing – Variations on a Theme’ pp. 105-11 in David Picard and Sonja Buchberger (eds.) Couchsurfing Cosmopolitanisms: Can Tourism make a Better World. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag

“La Collaboration entre l’EIREST et le TSWG dans la context des Échanges Scientifiques Franco-Américains.” Pp. 178-180 in Maria Gravari-Barbas (ed.) Sous la Sorbonne, la plage? IREST 1961-2011, 50 ans de passion. Paris: Institut de recherches et d’etudes supérieurs du tourisme.

2012  纳尔逊·格拉本译,葛荣玲,著《好客,一种人类的共通精神:礼物还是商品?》,《广西民族大学学报(哲学社会科学版)》2012年第5期,第10-15页.“Hospitality, a Human Universal: Gift or Commodity?" Journal of Guangxi University for Nationalities (Philosophy and Social Sciences Edition), (5):10-15.

“The Dark is on the Inside: the Honne of Japanese Exploratory Tourists.” Pp. 49-71, In Picard, David and Mike Robinson (eds.) Emotion in Motion: Tourism, Affect and Transformation. Farnham: Ashgate

Ancient and Modern: The Alaska Collections at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology.” Museum Anthropology 35 (1): 58-70.

 “旅游与人类学及其在中国的实践 - 来自中外学者的对话.” [Tourism and the Anthropological Intervention in China---A Dialogue between Chinese and Western Scholars" 旅游学刊 [Tourist Tribune(Journal of Tourism Studies)] 27 (1-2): 12-16. (co-authoured with Zhang Xiaoping, Zhang Li).

2011  “Ethnic Tourism and Multiculturalism,” Pp. 10-17 in What we can learn from Ethnic Tourism and the State in East Asian Societies . Special issue of  Kura: College of Human and Social Sciences, Kanazawa Univ.. Ed. by John Ertl, with N. Graburn and S. Yamashita

“中国旅游人类学的兴起” [The Development of Chinese Anthropology of Tourism]. Qinghai Journal of Ethnology, Spring. 22 (2): 1-11. [with Lu Jin] [republished in Harbin and Beijing]

2010  “Postlude”  in Tom Selwyn and Julie Scott (eds.) Thinking Though Tourism. London: Berghahn

“L’anthropologie pour étudier le tourisme.” Mondes du tourisme 1: 17-29 (co-author with Naomi Leite)

2009  “Openings and Limits: Domestic Tourism in Japan.” pp. 183-195 in Tim Winter, Peggy Teo and T.C. Chang (eds.) Asia on Tour: Rethinking Tourism in Contemporary Asia. London: Routledge

“Anthropological Interventions in Tourism Studies.” Pp. 35-64 in Mike Robinson and Tazim Jamal (eds.). Handbook of Tourism Studies. London: Sage. (junior co-authour with Naomi Leite)

2008   “Experiencing Xinjiang: Anthropologists and Friends in Urumqi.” Pp. 41-65 In Experiencing China, Haiyan Song and Kaye Chon (eds.) London: Routledge

 "The Past and the Other in the Present: Kokunai kokusaika kanko --‘Domestic International Tourism’.” Pp. 21-36 in Sylvie Guichard-Anguis and Ok Pyo Moon (eds.). Japanese Tourism and Travel Culture. London: Routledge

“Reconstruindo a tradicao: turismo e modernidade na China e no Japao.”[Reconstructing Tradition: Tourism and Modernity in China and Japan.] Revista Brasileira de Ciencias Sociais (ANPOCS) 23 (68); 11-22

2006 “Culture as Narrative: Who is telling the Inuit Story?” pp. 139-154 in Critical Inuit Studies. Pam Stern and Lisa Stevenson eds. Lincoln: U. of Nebraska Press.

2005   "From Aesthetics to Prosthetics and Back: Materials, Performance and   Consumers in Canadian Inuit Sculptural Arts; or, Alfred Gell in the Canadian Arctic."   Pp. 47-62 in Les cultures à l'oeuvre- Rencontres en art.  Michèle Coquet, Brigitte Derlon et Monique Jeudy-Ballini (eds.). Paris: Biro Editeur

2004. "The Invention of Authentic Inuit Art." In Beyond Art/Artifact/Tourist Art: Social Agency and the Cultural Value(s) of the Aestheticized Object. Nelson Graburn and Aaron Glass eds. Special issue of Material Culture, 9(2):141-59.

2002. "The Ethnographic Tourist." Pp. 19-39 in The Tourist as a Metaphor of the Social World. Graham Dann ed. Wallingford: CAB International.

2000. "Learning to Consume: What is Heritage and When is it Traditional?" Pp. 68-89 in Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage. Nezar AlSayyad (ed). Routledge.

1999. "Saranip and Tenki: The Basketry of the Ainu, in relation to the baskets of Siberia and Alaska." Pp. 301-8 in Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People. William Fitzhugh and Chisato. Dubreuil, eds.  Washington DC: Smithsonian (co-authored with Molly Lee).

1998.  "Work and Play in the Japanese Countryside." Pp. 195-212 in The Culture of Japan as Seen Through Its Leisure. S. Linhart and S. Freusteuck, eds. New York: SUNY Press.


“…a valuable addition to the increasing literature on Japanese multiculturalism which has challenged the long-held homogeneous Japan thesis…A particular contribution of this … book is to illuminate the ground-level process where hybridities emerge and group boundaries are redrawn in a particular local context…I greatly enjoyed reading [this book] from begin