Social Analysis

The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice

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

Social Analysis now publishes 4 issues a year!

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


Forthcoming Issue

Volume 59 • Issue 2 • Summer 2015

SPECIAL ISSUE: Being Godless: Ethnographies of Atheism and Non-Religion
Edited by Ruy Llera Blanes and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic

Introduction: Godless People, Doubt, and Atheism
Ruy Llera Blanes and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic


Ambivalent Atheist Identities: Power and Non-religious Culture in Contemporary Britain

Lois Lee

Godless People and Dead Bodies: Materiality and the Morality of Atheist Materialism

Jacob Copeman and Johannes Quack

Atheist Political Cultures in Independent Angola
Ruy Llera Blanes and Abel Paxe

Forget Dawkins: Notes toward an Ethnography of Religious Belief and Doubt
Paul-François Tremlett and Fang-Long Shih

Antagonistic Insights: Evolving Soviet Atheist Critiques of Religion and Why They Matter for Anthropology
Paul-François Tremlett and Fang-Long Shih

Confessional Anthropology
Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic

On Atheism and Non-religion: An Afterword
Matthew Engelke

Current Issue

Volume 59 • Issue 1 • Spring 2015

SPECIAL ISSUE: Uncertainty and Displacement
Edited by Cindy Horst and Katarzyna Grabska

Introduction: Flight and Exile—Uncertainty in the Context of Conflict-Induced Displacement
Cindy Horst and Katarzyna Grabska


Active Waiting and Changing Hopes: Toward a Time Perspective on Protracted Displacement

Cathrine Brun

Living an Uncertain Future: Temporality, Uncertainty, and Well-Being among Iraqi Refugees in Egypt

Nadia El-Shaarawi

Governing through Uncertainty: Experiences of Being a Refugee in Turkey as a Country for Temporary Asylum
Kristen Sarah Biehl

"And When I Become a Man": Translocal Coping with Precariousness and Uncertainty among Returnee Men in South Sudan
Katarzyna Grabska and Martha Fanjoy

Repossession: Material Absences, Affective Presences, and the Life-Resumption Labors of Bosnians in Britain
Eleanor Ryan-Saha