Anthropologists like to say that we cover the whole world, the entirety of human experience in all places and times. But that doesn’t always translate into global conversations about anthropology and its findings. Questions of access to published research often get in the way, as do language barriers. As we close 2013, we take an inside look at who is reading Savage Minds—this U.S.-based, English-language group anthropology blog.
Our #1 audience is in the U.S.A. While this is no surprise, the global list of readers does include some surprises, and offers a particularly situated view into who is reading anthropology around the world—from Argentina (#35 on our list) to Zambia (#113).
Savage Minds’ Top Ten readership by country:
- the U.S.A.
- the U.K.
- the Netherlands. This list—which includes countries in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia—is somewhat similar to the next ten countries:
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
The next cluster #21-25 includes the first countries in Africa on the list: the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, and Israel. All of these countries have in the thousands of visits to the Savage Minds site over the past year, and some in the tens or hundreds of thousands. But what about those countries sending visitors in the hundreds or the dozens? Or even in single digits?
Indonesia (787) and Belgium (780) sent roughly the same number of readers, as did Pakistan (343) and Serbia (330), Chile (226) and Croatia (227), and Bhutan (89) and Guatemala (88). Kyrgyzstan and Jamaica each had 36 visits, Mongolia and Nicaragua both had 35, while Uzbekistan and Martinique each sent 3 readers to Savage Minds.
Following South Africa and Israel, readership throughout Africa was high to low as follows: Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Senegal, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Benin, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Liberia, Algeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Cape Verde, and Niger. Libya, Gabon, and Gambia each had one check-in on the Savage Minds site
The Occupied Palestinian Territories, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Venezuela, and Qatar all had 51 readers which tied them for the #90 spot. Right behind them was the trio of Myanmar/Burma, Kuwait, and Iraq, each with 48 visits.
Cuba had no visits registered, nor did North Korea. Vietnam had several hundred readers, but the People’s Republic of China registered only eighteen visitors, the same number as from Nambia and Panama. Given the cyber-gymnastics readers in China have to do to get around the Great Firewall, it is impossible to know many actual readers of Savage Minds there are in China.
While the U.S.A. is our top ranking audience, our current site host WordPress conveniently provides separate statistics for U.S. imperial territories: Puerto Rico had 112 visits to the site (ranking #79), the Virgin Islands had thirteen visits, Guam had twelve, the Northern Mariana Islands had two, and U.S. Samoa had one.
Finally, Papua New Guinea, one of the most iconic sites of anthropology, had forty-four visits to the Savage Minds website.
To our readers from around the world, thanks for visiting and here’s to 2014!