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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 82, Winter 2018

Capitalism and global anthropology: Marxism resurgent

Guest edited by Patrick Neveling and Luisa Steur

Introducing a resurgent Marxian anthropology: Confronting the systemic injustice of global capitalism
Patrick Neveling and Luisa Steur

Marxist morphologies: A materialist critique of brute materialities, flat infrastructures, fuzzy property, and complexified cities
Michal Murawski

Urban tourism via dispossession of oeuvres: Labor as a common denominator
Marc Morell

Gramsci in and beyond resistances: The search of an autonomous political initiative among a subaltern group in the Beninese savanna
Riccardo Ciavolella

The anthropology of human-environment relations: Materialism with and without Marxism
Penny McCall Howard


Elite ethnography in an insecure place: The methodological implications of “studying up” in Pakistan
Rosita Armytage

Contending with school reform: Neoliberal restructuring, racial politics, and resistance in post-Katrina New Orleans
Mathilde Lind Gustavussen


Reclaiming Meillassoux for the age of financialization
Hadas Weiss

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