The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology

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Editor-in-chief: Maryon McDonald, University of Cambridge, UK

The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology is an international, peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing leading scholarship in contemporary anthropology. Geographically diverse articles provide a range of theoretical or ethical perspectives, from the traditional to the mischievous or subversive, and aim to offer new insights into the worlds in which we live. The journal will publish challenging ethnography and push hard at the boundaries of the discipline in addition to examining or incorporating fields—from economics to neuroscience—with which anthropology has long been in dialogue. The original journal of this name was an in-house publication based at Cambridge University, with a remit to provide a space in which innovative material and ideas could be tested. The new Cambridge Journal of Anthropology builds on that tradition and seeks to produce new analytical toolkits for anthropology or to take all such intellectual exploration to task.

Published twice a year, the journal features articles and book reviews in addition to an occasional ‘Reflections and Commentary’ section. Proposals for special issues and review articles are also welcomed.

Subjects: Anthropology


Current Issue

Volume 33 • Issue 1 • Spring 2015


Who Is Afraid of the Ontological Wolf?
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro

SPECIAL SECTION - Remaking the Public Good: A New Anthropology of Bureaucracy

Guest Editors: Laura Bear and Nayanika Mathur

Introduction. Remaking the Public Good: A New Anthropology of Bureaucracy
Laura Bear and Nayanika Mathur

The Marketization of HIV/AIDS Governance: Public-Private Partnerships and Bureaucratic Culture in Pakistan
Ayaz Qureshi

Consensus for Whom? Gaming the Market for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna through the Empire of Bureaucracy
Jennifer E. Telesca

Ways of Knowing: Freedom of Information, Access to Persons and 'Flexible' Bureaucracy in Scotland
Gemma John

De-judicialization, Outsourced Review and All-too-flexible Bureaucracies in South African Land Restitution
Olaf Zenker

Papering Over the Gaps: Documents, Infrastructure, and Political Experimentation in Highland Peru
Annabel Pinker

Strategies of Navigation: Migrants' Everyday Encounters with Italian Immigration Bureaucracy
Anna Tuckett


Espying Spies
John Borneman, Joseph Masco and Katherine Verdery

Secrets and Truths: Ethnography in the Archive at Romania's Secret Police (2013) 
John Borneman and Joseph Masco, with reply from the author