SUNTA, a section of the American Anthropological Association, concerns itself with theories, problems, processes, and institutions of urban, national and transnational life. Urban life and problems in the modern world are interrelated with national and transnational institutions (especially globalizing capitalism), processes, and forces. Likewise, nations and transnational institutions most express themselves and are expressed by people living in the global hierarchy of contemporary cities. SUNTA, therefore, particularly focuses on the interrelationships of urban, national, and transnational processes as they affect and are affected by the everyday social and cultural lives of people living, acting, and struggling in particular places, anthropology’s traditional area of concern.
SUNTA’s 700+ members, a number of whom reside outside the U.S.A., include academic, practitioner/applied, and student anthropologists. Members’ expertise covers most nations (including the U.S.A.) of the world and their cities. In addition to conducting original research many SUNTA members consult and work in or with private and public agencies dealing with social problems, development, and policy formation.
SUNTA publishes a journal, CITY & SOCIETY, runs a Listserv to inform members of up-to-date news and other material of relevance, and publishes other materials for the benefits of members and others.