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Social Analysis

The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice

Aims & Scope

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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


Current Issue

Volume 60 • Issue 2 • Summer 2016


Special Section: (De)materializing Kinship: Holding Together Mutuality and Difference

Edited by Kathryn E. Goldfarb and Caroline E. Schuster

Introduction: (De)materializing Kinship—Holding Together Mutuality and Difference
Kathryn E. Goldfarb and Caroline E. Schuster

Fates Worse Than Death: Destruction and Social Attachment in Timor-Leste
Gabriel Tusinski

Temperamental Differences: The Shifting Political Implications of Cousin Marriage in Nineteenth-Century America
Susan McKinnon

‘Coming to Look Alike’: Materializing Affinity in Japanese Foster and Adoptive Care
Kathryn E. Goldfarb

Repaying the Debts of the Dead: Kinship, Microfinance, and Mortuary Practice on the Paraguayan Frontier
Caroline E. Schuster

Ghost Mothers: Kinship Relationships in Thai Spirit Cults
Andrew Alan Johnson


Culture Trumps Scientific Fact: ‘Race’ in US American Language
Augustine Agwuele

Forcing Things Together That Are Normally Kept Apart: Public Health Knowledge and Smoking Practice
Simone J. Dennis

Review Essay

From Crisis to Resistance? ‘Exception’, Neo-liberalism, and Two Voices in the Left
Theodoros Rakopoulos

Book Review

Nicholas J. Long and Henrietta L. Moore, eds., Sociality: New Directions
Review by Espen Helgesen

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