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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.

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

Forthcoming Issue

Volume 61 • Issue 4 • Winter 2017

Special Issue

Quantifying Money's Quality and Qualifying Money's Quantity
Guest edited by Mario Schmidt and Sandy Ross

Introduction: Quantifying Money's Quality and Qualifying Money's Quantity
Mario Schmidt and Sandy Ross

Is Gold Jewelry Money?
Peter Oakley

Injury and Measurement: Jacobo Grimm on Blood Money and Concrete Quantification
Anna Echterhölter

Five Thousand, 5,000, and Five Thousands: Disentangling Ruble Quantities and Qualities
Sandy Ross

"Money Is Life": Quantity, Social Freedom, and Combinatory Practices in Western Kenya
Mario Schmidt

Money and the Morality of Commensuration: Currencies of Poverty in Post-Soviet Cuba
Martin Holbraad

Money the Street as a Hoard: How Informal Moneylenders Remain Unbanked
Martin Fotta

What Is Money? A Definition beyond Materiality and Quantity
Emmanuel Seitz

Nigel Dodd

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