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Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

Aims & Scope

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Previously published as Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures

Published since 1990, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) engages with current debates and innovative research agendas addressing the social and cultural transformations of contemporary European societies. The journal serves as an important forum for ethnographic research in and on Europe, which in this context is not defined narrowly as a geopolitical entity but rather as a meaningful cultural construction in people's lives, which both legitimates political power and calls forth practices of resistance and subversion. By presenting both new field studies and theoretical reflections on the history and politics of studying culture in Europe anthropologically, AJEC encompasses different academic traditions of engaging with its subject, from social and cultural anthropology to European ethnology and empirische Kulturwissenschaften.

In addition to the thematic focus of each issue, which has characterised the journal from its inception, AJEC now also carries individual articles on other topics addressing aspects of social and cultural transformations in contemporary Europe from an ethnographically grounded anthropological perspective. All such contributions are peer reviewed. Each issue also includes book reviews and reports on major current research programmes.

An obituary for Ina-Maria Greverus, founder of AJEC, will be featured in Volume 26, Issue 2, Autumn 2017.

Subjects: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, European Studies

Current Issue

Volume 27, Issue 2

Thematic Focus: Intimate Uncertainties: Ethnographic Explorations of Moral Economies across Europe

Intimate Uncertainties: Ethnographic Explorations of Moral Economies across Europe
Sabine Strasser and Luisa Piart


The Ultimate Argument: Evoking the Affective Power of ‘happiness’ in Commercial Surrogacy
Veronika Siegl

’Fight Abortion, Not Women’: The Moral Economy Underlying Russian Feminist Advocacy
Michele Rivkin-Fish

Confinde live(r)s: Self-infliction and Arbitrary Survival in the Moral Economy of the German Transplant System
Julia Rehsmann

The Intimate Uncertainties of Kidney Care: Moral Economy and Treatment Regimes in Comparative Perspective
Ciara Kierans

Lethal Borders and the Translocal Politics of ‘Ordinary People’
Gerhild Perl

The Relational Ethics of ‘Never … Too Much’: Situating and Scaling Intimate Uncertainties in an Adriatic Harbour
Jelena Toši?


J.-F. Bert and E. Basso (eds) (2015), Foucault à Münsterlingen. À l’origine de l’Histoire de la folie (Paris: Éditions de l'EHESS).
Reviewed by Aurélie Godet.

?. Brkovi? (2017), Managing Ambiguity: How Clientelism, Citizenship, and Power Shape Personhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Oxford: Berghahn).
Reviewed by Andre Thiemann

W. A. Douglass (2015), Basque Explorers in the Pacific Ocean (Reno: University of Nevada Press).
Reviewed by Fabiana Dimpflmeier

P. Naccarato, Z. Nowak, E. K. Eckert (eds) (2017), Representing Italy through Food (London: Bloomsbury Academic).
Reviewed by Anne-Erita Berta

B. O’Neill (2017), The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order (Durham: Duke University Press).
Reviewed by Giuseppe Tateo

T. Rakowski (2016), Hunters, Gatherers, and Practitioners of Powerlessness: An Ethnography of the Degraded in Postsocialist Poland (Oxford: Berghahn).
Reviewed by Alexandra Schwell

A. Sorge (2015), Legacies of Violence: History, Society, and the State in Sardinia (Toronto: University of Toronto Press).
Reviewed by Greca N. Meloni

H. Wulff (ed.) (2016), The Anthropologist as Writer: Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford: Berghahn).
Reviewed by Lieke Wijnia

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