The purposes of the Association shall be
- to advance anthropology as the science that studies humankind in all its aspects, through archeological, biological, ethnological, and linguistic research;
- and to further the professional interests of American anthropologists, including the dissemination of anthropological knowledge and its use to solve human problems.
To advance the science of anthropology, the Association shall:
- Foster and support the development of special anthropological societies organized on a regional or functional basis;
- Publish and promote the publication of anthropological monographs and journals;
- Encourage anthropological research, act to coordinate activities of members of the Association with those of other organizations concerned with anthropology, and maintain effective liaison with related sciences and their organizations.
To further the professional interests of anthropologists, the Association shall, in addition to those activities described under Section 2:
- Take action on behalf of the entire profession and integrate the professional activities of anthropologists in the special aspects of the science; and
- Promote the widespread recognition and constant improvement of professional standards in anthropology.
Taken from the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws as amended and restated in October 1, 1983 of the American Anthropological Association.