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 73


THEME SECTION: E.P. Thompson and the anthropology of twenty-first-century capitalism

Kathleen M. Millar

Introduction: Reading twenty-first-century capitalism through the lens of E. P. Thompson
Kathleen M. Millar

Up in smoke? The making and unmaking of a rural moral economy
Sara Keene

The tempo of wageless work: E. P. Thompson’s time-sense at the edges of Rio de Janeiro
Kathleen M. Millar

American dreams and Brazilian racial democracy: The making of race and class in Brazil and the United States
Sean T. Mitchell


Uneven development in the Papua New Guinea highlands: Mining, corporate social responsibility, and the “life market” 
Jerry K. Jacka

The problem with “transparency”: Moral contests and ethical possibilities in mining impact reporting
Sally Babidge

“The state has replaced the man”: Women, family homes, and the benefit system on a council estate in England
Insa Koch


Local legacies of the GULag in Siberia: Anthropological reflections
Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

Global privatized power: Heritage politics and private military contractors in Iraq
Maria Theresia Starzmann