Social Analysis

The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice

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Editor-in-Chief: Bruce Kapferer, University of Bergen

Social Analysis now publishes 4 issues a year!

Social Analysis has long been at the forefront of anthropology's engagement with the humanities and other social sciences. In forming a critical, concerned, and empirical perspective, it encourages contributions that break away from the disciplinary bounds of anthropology and suggest innovative ways of challenging hegemonic paradigms through "grounded theory," analysis based in original empirical research.

The journal invites contributions directed toward a critical and theoretical understanding of cultural, political, and social processes. It is available for the publication of information and discussion by active ethnographic researchers into the forces involved in the production of human suffering, poverty, prejudice, war, and violence. The main thrust of the journal is toward publishing material that presents a critical and concerned anthropology.

Social Analysis is now available on JSTOR!

Subjects: Anthropology, Politics, International Relations


Current Issue

Volume 59 • Issue 3 • Autumn 2015


Ethnography’s Blind Spot: Intimacy, Violence, and Fieldwork Relations in South Africa
Erik Bähre

Youth, Graffiti, and the Aestheticization of Transgression
Ricardo Campos

(No) Time to Learn: Learning Effectiveness Temporalities in Norwegian First-Grade Classrooms
Kristian Garthus-Niegel and Brit Oppedal

Transitory Citizens: Contentious Housing Practices in Contemporary South Africa
Kerry Ryan Chance

Solidarity’s Tensions: Informality, Sociality, and the Greek Crisis
Theodoros Rakopoulos

A Sinful Landscape: Moral and Sexual Geographies in Cape Town, South Africa
Melissa Hackman


Martin Demant Frederiksen, Young Men, Time, and Boredom in the Republic of Georgia
Bruce O’Neill

Didier Fassin, Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing
Helene Maria Kyed

Ørnulf Gulbrandsen, The State and the Social: State Formation in Botswana and Its Pre-colonial and Colonial Genealogies
Pauline Peters

Franco La Cecla and Piero Zanini, The Culture of Ethics 
Ruy Llera Blanes

Madeleine Reeves, Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia
Hege Toje