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Social Analysis

The International Journal of Anthropology



Aims & Scope

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Social Analysis is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to exploring the analytical potentials of anthropological research. It encourages contributions grounded in original empirical research that critically probe established paradigms of social and cultural analysis. The journal expresses the best that anthropology has to offer by exploring in original ways the relationship between ethnographic materials and theoretical insight. By forging creative and critical engagements with cultural, political, and social processes, it also opens new avenues of communication between anthropology and the humanities as well as other social sciences.

The journal publishes four issues per year, including regular Special Issues on particular themes. The Editors welcome individual articles that focus on diverse topics and regions, reflect varied theoretical approaches and methods, and aim to appeal widely within anthropology and beyond. Proposals for Special Issues are selected by the Editorial Board through an annual competitive call.

Before submitting articles to Social Analysis, authors are advised to read the Editor’s detailed advice as to what makes a good submission.

Social Analysis is now under the editorship of Martin Holbraad (University College London) and is available through JSTOR.


Subjects: Anthropology, Political and Social Theory, Social Sciences


Current Issue

Volume 62 • Issue 2 • Summer 2018

Special Issue:States of Imitation: Mimetic Governmentality and Colonial Rule

Guest edited by Patrice Ladwig and Ricardo Roque

Introduction: Mimetic Governmentality, Colonialism, and the State
Patrice Ladwig and Ricardo Roque

Dances with Heads: Parasitic Mimesis and the Government of Savagery in Colonial East Timor
Ricardo Roque

Variants of Frontier Mimesis: Colonial Encounter and Intercultural Interaction in the Lao-Vietnamese Uplands
Oliver Tappe

The Hut-Hospital as Project and as Practice: Mimeses, Alterities, and Colonial Hierarchies
Cristiana Bastos

Imitations of Buddhist Statecraft: The Patronage of Lao Buddhism and the Reconstruction of Relic Shrines and Temples in Colonial French Indochina
Patrice Ladwig

The Colonial State and Carnival: The Complexity and Ambiguity of Carnival in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa
Christoph Kohl


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