ASA Membership

Not a member?  Why not lend your support to the discipline?  If you would like to join, and fulfil the requirements below, apply online.

Applications are made by online form, and applicants will need to give the names of two members of the Association who can act as referees. Please do not attempt to pay for membership until your application has been processed and you have been sent an invoice.

If you are an existing member and wish to update your information as it appears in the Directory of Members, use the login link on the left.

The ASA offers membership to persons of academic standing who, by virtue of their training, posts held and published works can be recognised as professional social anthropologists. Applications are considered thorughout the year by the committee, and are ratified at the Association's Annual Business Meeting.

As a member you will receive:

  • invitations to the Annual Conference (for which you pay a reduced fee)
  • the annual ASA monograph from Bloomsbury as an exclusive paperback
  • inclusion in the online Directory of ASA members

Membership runs from January to December.


Hold a postgraduate degree in social anthropology OR have published significant work in social anthropology (which may include film, exhibitions and other forms of publication that embody professional applications of social anthropology)
hold or have held a teaching or research appointment in social anthropology OR to hold or have held other employment using his or her training in social anthropology OR to have been unavoidably unemployed for more than calendar year after his or her training in social anthropology at a university or comparable institution of higher education.


  • Members resident in the UK: £55 (this includes the ASA Monograph volume incl. p&p)
  • Members resident in Country List A: £46  (this includes ASA Monograph volume incl. p&p)
  • Members resident in Country List B: £20 (no monograph included)
  • Retired, Unwaged: £20 (no monograph included, although preferential prices are available if you wish)
  • Low-waged members (<£15k annual income): £25 (no monograph)
  • Associate members (students): £25

Country list A: countries in Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, & USA
Country list B: countries in Africa, Asia (less above exceptions), Latin America & the Caribbean

Click here to learn about joint Student Associate Membership of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

N.B. Membership subscription rates rose in 2016, having not been increased since 2008.

The monograph

By including the annual monograph in your subscription, we can assure our publisher of a substantial sales base, while securing a reduction for our members of almost 50% on cover and postage price. ASA Monographs are also sold through book shops and directly to libraries, as previously, and the ASA will receive a generous net royalty on these sales which we shall transfer to the Radcliffe-Brown Fund (where it will continue to fund bursaries for postgraduate research students in social anthropology).  The paperback will be exclusively available to ASA members for a year (since monographs will be launched in a hardback library edition initially).

The monograph is not included as a membership benefit for the following membership categories: Country list B, Retired, Low-waged, Senior members.  However if you wish you can purchase it at these preferential prices:
UK resident members £15 /yr; continental Europe residents £23/yr, elsewhere £25/yr - by emailing membership(at)