Social Analysis

The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice

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Editor-in-Chief: Bruce Kapferer, University of Bergen

Social Analysis is moving to 4 issues in 2015!

Social Analysis has long been at the forefront of anthropology's engagement with the humanities and other social sciences. In forming a critical, concerned, and empirical perspective, it encourages contributions that break away from the disciplinary bounds of anthropology and suggest innovative ways of challenging hegemonic paradigms through "grounded theory," analysis based in original empirical research.

The journal invites contributions directed toward a critical and theoretical understanding of cultural, political, and social processes. It is available for the publication of information and discussion by active ethnographic researchers into the forces involved in the production of human suffering, poverty, prejudice, war, and violence. The main thrust of the journal is toward publishing material that presents a critical and concerned anthropology.

Social Analysis is now available on JSTOR!

Subjects: Anthropology, Politics, International Relations

Current Issue

Volume 58 • Issue 3 • Winter 2014


SPECIAL ISSUE: Stategraphy: Toward a Relational Anthropology of the State
Edited by Tatjana Thelen, Larissa Vetters, and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann



Introduction to Stategraphy: Toward a Relational Approach to Anthropology of the State
Tatjana Thelen, Larissa Vetters, and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

Contingent Statehood: Clientelism and Civic Engagement as Relational Modalities in Contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina
Larissa Vetters

The State, Legal Rigor, and the Poor: The Daily Practice of Welfare Control
Vincent Dubois

Relationships, Practices, and Images of the Local State in Rural Russia
Rebecca Kay

Acts of Assistance: Navigating the Interstices of the British State with the Help of Non-Profit Legal Advisers
Alice Forbess and Deborah James

Images of Care, Boundaries of the State: Volunteering and Civil Society in Czech Health Care
Rosie Read

State Kinning and Kinning the State in Serbian Elder Care Programs
Tatjana Thelen, Andre Thiemann, and Duška Roth

Workings of the State: Administrative Lists, European Union Food Aid, and the Local Practices of Distribution in Rural Romania
Stefan Dorondel and Mihai Popa

Creating the State Locally through Welfare Provision: Two Mayors, Two Welfare Regimes in Rural Hungary
Gyöngyi Schwarcz and Alexandra Szoke