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Social Analysis

The International Journal of Anthropology

Aims & Scope

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Social Analysis is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to exploring the analytical potentials of anthropological research. It encourages contributions grounded in original empirical research that critically probe established paradigms of social and cultural analysis. The journal expresses the best that anthropology has to offer by exploring in original ways the relationship between ethnographic materials and theoretical insight. By forging creative and critical engagements with cultural, political, and social processes, it also opens new avenues of communication between anthropology and the humanities as well as other social sciences.

The journal publishes four issues per year, including regular Special Issues on particular themes. The Editors welcome individual articles that focus on diverse topics and regions, reflect varied theoretical approaches and methods, and aim to appeal widely within anthropology and beyond. Proposals for Special Issues are selected by the Editorial Board through an annual competitive call.

Before submitting articles to Social Analysis, authors are advised to read the Editor’s detailed advice as to what makes a good submission.

Social Analysis is now under the editorship of Martin Holbraad (University College London) and is available through JSTOR.

Subjects: Anthropology, Political and Social Theory, Social Sciences

Current Issue

Volume 62 • Issue 1 • Spring 2018

A Note from the Incoming Editor

Editorial: Interview with Martin Holbraad on Becoming Editor of Social Analysis


What Is Analysis? Between Theory, Ethnography, and Method
Martin Holbraad, Sarah Green, Alberto Corsín Jiménez, Veena Das, Nurit Bird-David, Eduardo Kohn, Ghassan Hage, Laura Bear, Hannah Knox, Bruce Kapferer


To Smile and Not to Smile: Mythic Gesture at the Russia-China Border
Caroline Humphrey

State and Warfare in Mexico: The Case of Ayotzinapa
Alessandro Zagato

Belonging: Comprehending Subjectivity in Vietnam and Beyond
Tine Gammeltoft

The Mistakes That Make People: Reconceptualizing Power and Resistance in Rwanda
Will Rollason

Perspectives of (and on) a Comedic Self: A Semiotics of Subjectivity in Stand-Up Comedy
Marianna Keisalo


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