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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, post-socialism, 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 76


THEME SECTION: Adivasi and Dalit political pathways in India

Edited by Nicolas Jaoul and Alpa Shah

Beyond citizenship: Adivasi and Dalit political pathways in India
Nicolas Jaoul

Emancipation as social equality: Subaltern politics in contemporary India
Indrajit Roy

“Real, practical emancipation”? Subaltern politics and insurgent citizenship in contemporary India
Alf Gunvald Nilsen

Citizenship in religious clothing? Navayana Buddhism and Dalit emancipation in late 1990s Uttar Pradesh
Nicolas Jaoul


Putting-out’s return: Informalization and diff erential subsumption in Thailand’s garment sector
Stephen Campbell

Migration, residential investment, and the experience of “transition”: Tracing transnational practices of Albanian migrants in Athens
Gerda Dalipaj

Moving on: Italy as a stepping stone in migrants’ imaginaries
Anna Tuckett


Engaged anthropology in the time of late liberalism: Activists, anthropologists, and the state in India
Moyukh Chatterjee

Of dispossessions and reclamations: Anthropology in the time of crisis
Elisabeth Schober

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