Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

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Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology is a peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision. It is at the heart of debates on the ongoing conjunction of anthropology and history as well as the incorporation of local research settings in the wider spatial networks of coercion, imagination, and exchange that are often glossed as "globalization" or "empire."

Seeking contributions on all world regions, Focaal is unique among anthropology journals for consistently rejecting the old separations between "at home" and "abroad," "center," and "periphery." The journal therefore strives for the resurrection of an "anthropology at large," that can accommodate issues of the global south, post-socialism, mobility, metropolitan experience, capitalist power and popular resistance into integrated perspectives.

Introducing: FocaalBlog, which aims to accelerate and intensify anthropological conversations beyond what a regular academic journal can do, and to make them more widely, globally, and swiftly available.


Current Issue, Focaal 72

Edited by Riccardo Ciavolella and Stefano Boni


Inspiring (or aspiring to) alterpolitics: Anthropology, radical theory, and social movements
Riccardo Ciavolella and Stefano Boni

Assemblies and the struggle to diff use power: Ethnographic examples and contemporary practices
Stefano Boni

Alterpolitics or alterotopies: A critique of nomadology with reference to West African Fulbe
Riccardo Ciavolella

Militant collectivity: Building solidarities in the Maoist movement in Nepal
Dan V. Hirslund

Zapatista autonomy and the making of alter-native politics: Views from its day-to-day praxis
Sabrina Melenotte

Urban access: Contested spaces and contested politics
Ulrich Ufer


Planning as a form of enclosure: The ambiguities of nonproductive accumulation in the West Wales countryside
Elaine Forde

Reverse, restore, repeat! Class, ethnicity, and the Russian-speaking miners of Estonia
Eeva Kesküla


Anthropological practice: Ethics and dilemmas
Gavin Smith

The anthropologist’s assistant (or the assistant’s anthropologist?): The story of a disturbing episode
Jonathan Parry

Misunderstood, misrepresented, contested? Anthropological knowledge production in question
David Mosse