Kevin Purday is a practising professional social anthropologist and Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute who is currently head of social anthropology at Hockerill Anglo-European College in England and visiting lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Cape Town. He has worked with and for the IB for twenty-six years having established the Diploma Programme in Cambridge, Prague, Amman and Cairo and having been the principal of IB schools in Jordan and China. His great passion is shamanism which he has researched in Mongolia, Myanmar, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. He is part of the group of anthropologists who have written the new Social and Cultural Anthropology syllabus the teaching of which will start in September 2017/January 2018. He firmly believes that social anthropology is the most enjoyable, enlightening and rewarding subject imaginable.