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Social Analysis

The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice

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.

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 60 • Issue 4 • Winter 2016

Special Issue: Hierarchy, Value, and the Value of Hierarchy

Edited by Naomi Haynes and Jason Hickel

Introduction: Hierarchy, Value, and the Value of Hierarchy
Naomi Haynes and Jason Hickel


Battle of Cosmologies: The Catholic Church, Adat, and ‘Inculturation’ among Northern Lio, Indonesia
Signe Howell

Vertical Love: Forms of Submission and Top-Down Power in Orthodox Ethiopia
Diego Maria Malara and Tom Boylston

The Good, the Bad, and the Dead: The Place of Destruction in the Organization of Social Life, Which Means Hierarchy
Frederick H. Damon

Civilization, Hierarchy, and Political-Economic Inequality
Stephan Feuchtwang

Islam and Pious Sociality: The Ethics of Hierarchy in the Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan
Arsalan Khan

Demotion as Value: Rank Infraction among the Ngadha in Flores, Indonesia
Olaf H. Smedal

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