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Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

Aims & Scope

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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 75


THEME SECTION: In/visible—In/secure

Edited by Ieva Jusionyte and Daniel M. Goldstein

In/visible—In/secure: Optics of regulation and control
Ieva Jusionyte and Daniel M. Goldstein

Intimidation, reassurance, and invisibility: Israeli security agents in the Old City of Jerusalem
Erella Grassiani and Lior Volinz

Sensing evil: Counterterrorism, techno-science, and the cultural reproduction of security
Mark Maguire and Pete Fussey

The correct secret: Discretion and hypertransparency in Chinese biosecurity
Katherine A. Mason

Performing humanitarian militarism: Public security and the military in Brazil
Stephanie Savell


Visions of prosperity and conspiracy in Timor-Leste
Judith Bovensiepen

Forgotten moralities of agrarian economy in Bali: Production and exchange, business and friendship
Graeme MacRae

The everyday politics of India’s “land wars” in rural eastern India
Kenneth Bo Nielsen


From the “state-idea” to “politically organized subjection”: Revisiting Abrams in times ofcrisis in Turkey and EU-Europe
Katharina Bodirsky

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