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Focaal

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, postsocialism, 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.


Forthcoming Issue

Focaal 77, Spring 2017

THEME SECTION: Nonrecording states

Edited by Barak Kalir and Willem van Schendel

Introduction: Between legibility and looking away
Barak Kalir and Willem van Schendel

The sanctioning state: Official permissiveness and prohibition in India
Ajay Gandhi

Non- and dedocumenting citizens in Romania: Nonrecording as a civil boundary
Ioana Vrăbiescu

Nonrecording the "European refugee crisis" in Greece: Navigating through irregular bureaucracy
Katerina Rozakou

"China gives and China takes": African traders and the nondocumenting states
Shashan Lan

State desertion and "out-of-procedure" asylum seekers in the Netherlands
Barak Kalir

ARTICLES

Interiority and government of the child: Transparency, risk, and good governance in Indonesia
Jan Newberry

Neutrality in foreign aid: Shifting contexts, shifting meanings—examples from South Sudan
Elżbieta Drążkiewicz

FORUM

Anthropology at the dawn of apartheid: Radcliff e-Brown and Malinowski’s South African engagements, 1919–1934
Isak Niehaus

REVIEW ARTICLE

Race, space, secularism, and the writing of history
Ashley Lebner


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