This issue of the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology is the first under my tenure
as the new editor. The journal began life in 1973 under the title Cambridge
Anthropology. The first issue aimed to provide a forum for University of Cambridge
‘undergraduates, research students and staff in which ideas and different theoretical
approaches can be developed’ (Cambridge Anthropology 1973: ii). I inherit the
journal forty-five years later, during which time the scope of the journal has
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