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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 3 • Autumn 2018

Special Section: Discipline and Lenience in Religious Systems

Guest edited by Maya Mayblin and Diego Malara

Introduction: Lenience in Systems of Religious Meaning and Practice
Maya Mayblin and Diego Malara

Alimentary Forms of Religious Life: Technologies of the Other, Lenience, and the Ethics of Ethiopian Orthodox Fasting
Diego Malara

Discipline (and Lenience) Beyond the Self: Discipleship in a Pentecostal-Charismatic Organization
Bruno Reinhardt

Assemblage Making, Materiality, and Self in Cuban Palo Monte
Diana Espírito Santo


Inside and Outside the Law: Negotiated Being and Urban Jouissance in the Streets of Beirut
Ghassan Hage

“Spirits Follow the Words”: Stories as Spirit Traces among the Khmu of Northern Laos
Rosalie Stolz

Grounding Rights: Populist and Peasant Conceptions of Entitlement in Rural Nicaragua
David Cooper

Book Review

Steven Robins, Letters of Stone: From Nazi Germany to South Africa
Review by Koen Stroeken

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