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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

Current Issue

Volume 61 • Issue 3 • Autumn 2017


Navigating Unpredictable Sites: Methodological Implications of Positioning during and after Fieldwork in Conflict Studies
Eva Gerharz

Humor, Amnesia, and Making Place: Constitutive Acts of the Subject in Gezi Park, Istanbul
Christopher Houston and Banu Senay

Creative Encounters: African Trade and Chinese Oil Production in Western Chad
Nikolaus Schareika

The Devil's Money: A Multi-level Approach to Acceleration and Turbulence in Oil-Producing Southern Chad
Andrea Behrends and Remadji Hoinathy

Humanity's Subtensions: Culture Theory in US Death Penalty Mitigation
Jesse Cheng

Dearly Departed: Communicating with the Dead in the Digital Age
Jennifer Huberman

Waves of Dispossession: The Conversion of Land and Labor in Bali's Recent History
Anette Fagertun

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