Jonathan Friedman (born April 7, 1946, New York City, New York) is a American anthropologist. He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1972. He is professor of Anthropology at University of California, San Diego and Director of Studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. He is one of the main editors of the journal Anthropological Theory, published by SAGE Publications. Friedman has done most of his research in Hawaii and the Republic of Congo.
- Dynamics of tribal societies,
- Cultural identity and global processes,
- Global systemic anthropology,
- Transformation of the nation state,
- Multiculturalism and migration,
- Upland Southeast Asia,
- System, structure and contradiction in the evolution of "Asiatic" social formations, National Museum of Copenhagen, 1979 [+ 2nd edition: Altamira Press 1998, with a new foreword]
- with Scott Lash(eds) Modernity and identity, Blackwell, Oxford, 1992
- Consumption and Identity. London: Harwood Academic Press, 1994
- Globalization and Violence, Vol. 3: Globalizing War and Intervention. London: Sage Publications. 2006.
- The anthropology of global systems: Modernities, class and the contradictions of globalization. Walnut Creek: Altamira Press 2007