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Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

Aims & Scope

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Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology is a peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision. It is at the heart of debates on the ongoing conjunction of anthropology and history, as well as the incorporation of local research settings in the wider spatial networks of coercion, imagination, and exchange that are often glossed as "globalization" or "empire."

Seeking contributions on all world regions, Focaal is unique among anthropology journals for consistently rejecting the old separations between "at home" and "abroad," "center" and "periphery." The journal therefore strives for the resurrection of an "anthropology at large" that can accommodate issues of the global south, postsocialism, mobility, metropolitan experience, capitalist power, and popular resistance into integrated perspectives.

Introducing: FocaalBlog, which aims to accelerate and intensify anthropological conversations beyond what a regular academic journal can do, and to make them more widely, globally, and swiftly available.

Current Issue

Focaal 80, Spring 2017

The political in/of Europe

Guest edited by Dace Dzenovska and Nicholas De Genova

Introduction: Desire for the political in the aftermath of the Cold War
Dace Dzenovska and Nicholas De Genova

Emptiness and its futures: Staying and leaving as tactics of life in Latvia
Dace Dzenovska

The desire for disinheritance in austerity Greece
Daniel M. Knight

Conjuring “the people”: The 2013 Babylution protests and desire for political transformation in postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina
Larisa Kurtovi?

Finding a place in the world: Political subjectivities and the imagination of Iceland after the economic crash
Kristín Loftsdóttir


Between Afropolitans and new Sankaras: Class mobility and the reproduction of academics in Burkina Faso
Michelle Engeler

“Forging New Malay networks”: Imagining global halal markets
Johan Fischer

Shelling from the ivory tower: Project Camelot and the post–World War II operationalization of social science
Philip Y. Kao

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