Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale

Dimitra Kofti, Panteion University, Greece
Isabelle Rivoal, National Centre for Scientific Research, France

Book Reviews Editor
Arne Harms, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
Assistant Editor
Ville Laakkonen, Tampere University, Finland

Subjects: Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Sociology, Ethnology, Ethnography

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Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 31 (2023): Issue 1 (Mar 2023): Vernacular Humanitarianisms

Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale - Volume 31, Issue 2
Table of Contents


General Articles

Ways of Not-Knowing in Neoliberal Chile: Notes Towards a Dark Anthropology
Diana Espírito Santo, Marjorie Murray and Paulina Salinas

Militancy and Martyrs’ Ghostly Whispers: Disbelieving History and Challenges of Inordinate Knowledge in Iran
Younes Saramifar

Smallness and Small-device Heuristics: Scaling Fog Catchers Down and Up in Lima, Peru
Chakad Ojani

Keeping the Snout in the Plough Furrow: High Performance and the Immediate Future among Software Developers and Professional Handball Players in Denmark
Kasper Pape Helligsøe and Martin Demant Fredriksen

The Sound of Difference: Mobility, Alterity and Sound across the French–Italian Border
Céline Eschenbrenner

Searching for an ‘Authentic Encounter’: Exploring New Conceptualisations of Pluralism in Indonesia
Dayana Lengaur

Special Section: Annual Review
Reality, Realism and the Future: Year 2021 in European Social Anthropology Journals
Anna Kruglova

Special Section: Forums
Forum: Russia’s War on Ukraine
Elżbieta Drążkiewicz, Nataliya Tchermalykh, Volodomyr Artiukh, Karolina Follis, Ilmari Käihkö, Olena Fedyuk, Emma Rimpiläinen, Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Iwona Kaliszewska, Anastasiya Astapova, Agnieszka Halemba, Agata Ładykowska and Mariya Ivancheva

Forum: ‘Utopian Confluences’: Final Reply
Eldar Bråten

Book Reviews

Volume 31 / 2023, 4 issues per volume (spring, summer, autumn, winter)

Aims & Scope

Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale is the acclaimed Journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, the major professional organization for anthropologists in Europe. While European in profile, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale has a global scope. It publishes key contributions by both established and up-and-coming anthropologists. As part of the intellectual vitality of the Journal, it also features exciting Forums and Debates, an annual Review Essay which discusses outstanding books in adjoining disciplines or in public debate from an anthropological point of view, and a thriving Book Reviews Section.

Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale est la Revue-phare de l’Association Européenne des Anthropologues Sociaux, la principale organisation professionnelle pour anthropologues en Europe. De profil Européen, cette Revue parmi les meilleures dans le domaine a une portée mondiale. Elle publie des articles-clés dont les auteurs sont des anthropologues établis comme des talents prometteurs. La vitalité intellectuelle de la Revue est également assurée par des ‘Débats’ et Forums reguliers dédiés aux sujets contemporais, un ‘Article de Revue’ examinant des ouvrages exceptionnels de disciplines voisines ou d’intérêt public actuel d’un point de vue anthropologique, et une excellente section ‘Revue des Livres’.


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Dimitra Kofti, Panteion University, Greece
Isabelle Rivoal, National Centre for Scientific Research, France

Book Reviews Editor

Arne Harms, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany

Assistant Editor

Ville Laakkonen, Tampere University, Finland

EASA Editorial Board

Chandana Mathur, University of Maynooth, Ireland
Cris Shore, Goldsmiths University, London
David Mills, University of Oxford, UK
Dominic Bryan, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Fiona Murphy, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mariya Ivancheva, University of Liverpool, UK
Monica Heintz, University of Paris Nanterre, France
Sharon Macdonald, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

International Editorial Advisory Board

Adam Yet Chau, University of Cambridge, UK
Ammara Maqsood, University College London, UK
Andrew Dawson, University of Melbourne, Australia
Andrew Shryok, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Arne Harms, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
Caitlin Zaloom, New York University, USA
Chris Gregory, Australian National University
Der-Ruey Yang, Nanjing University, China
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gabriella Coleman, McGill University, Canada
Gisela Welz, Goethe University, Germany
Hanna Cervinkova, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Hastings Donnan, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Helena Wulff, Stockholm University, Sweden
Hugh Gusterson, George Washington University, USA
Jean-Sébastien Marcoux, HEC Montréal, Canada
Josiah Heyman, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Mark Maguire, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Martin Lamotte, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, France
Morten Axel Pedersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Nicholas de Genova, University of Houston, USA
Niko Besnier, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nitzan Shoshan, Colegio de México, Mexico
Olivier Allard, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, France
Paolo Favero, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Paul Wenzel Geissler, University of Oslo, Norway
Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sarah Green, University of Helsinki, Finland
Segei Abashin, European University at St Petersburg, Russia
Sophie Chevalier, Universite de Franche-Comte, France
Stephen Campbell, University of Bergen, Germany
Susana Narotzky, University of Barcelona, Spain
Todd Sanders, University of Toronto, Canada
Victor Buchli, University College, London, UK
Yael Navaro, University of Cambridge, UK

For a list of previous editors, click here.

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Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale is a refereed journal. Articles, which may be in English or French, should be original and should not be under consideration elsewhere. Authors should submit their papers to Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale through Open Journals Systems (OJS).

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Articles should be no longer than 7000 words, including references and notes, but excluding the abstract. Articles may include an abstract in the language spoken in the main fieldsite.
Special Issue proposals will be considered twice a year. The first round will consider proposals submitted until January 1st, the second will consider proposals submitted unitil July 1st.

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Dimitra Kofti, or
Isabelle Rivoal,

Book Reviews questions? Please contact

Books for review can be sent to:
Arne Harms
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology 
04116 Halle/Saale

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Worlds of sense and sensing the world

A response to Sarah Pink and David Howes


In a recent debate with Sarah Pink in the pages of , concerning the prospects for an anthropology that would highlight the work of the senses in human experience, David Howes objects to what I have myself written on this topic, specifically in my book (Ingold 2000). In doing so, he distorts my arguments on six counts. In this brief response, I set the record straight on each count, and argue for a regrounding of the virtual worlds of sense, to which Howes directs our attention, in the practicalities of sensing the world.


The anthropology of neoliberalism has become polarised between a hegemonic economic model anchored by variants of and an insurgent approach fuelled by derivations of the Foucaultian notion of . Both conceptions obscure what is ‘neo’ about neoliberalism: the reengineering and redeployment of the state as the core agency that sets the rules and fabricates the subjectivities, social relations and collective representations suited to realising markets. Drawing on two decades of field‐based inquiries into the structure, experience and political treatment of urban marginality in advanced society, I propose a between these two approaches that construes neoliberalism as an that harnesses the first to impose the stamp of the second onto the third. Bourdieu's concept of bureaucratic field offers a powerful tool for dissecting the revamping of the state as stratification and classification machine driving the neoliberal revolution from above and serves to put forth three theses: (1) neoliberalism is not an economic regime but a political project of state‐crafting that puts disciplinary ‘workfare’, neutralising ‘prisonfare’ and the trope of individual responsibility at the service of commodification; (2) neoliberalism entails a rightward tilting of the space of bureaucratic agencies that define and distribute public goods and spawns a Centaur‐state that practises liberalism at the top of the class structure and punitive paternalism at the bottom; (3) the growth and glorification of the penal wing of the state is an integral component of the neoliberal Leviathan, such that the police, courts and prison need to be brought into the political anthropology of neoliberal rule.

Data management in anthropology

The next phase in ethics governance?

Recent demands for accountability in ‘data management’ by funding agencies, universities, international journals and other academic institutions have worried many anthropologists and ethnographers. While their demands for transparency and integrity in opening up data for scrutiny seem to enhance scientific integrity, such principles do not always consider the way the social relationships of research are properly maintained. As a springboard, the present Forum, triggered by such recent demands to account for the use of ‘data’, discusses the present state of anthropological research and academic ethics/integrity in a broader perspective. It specifically gives voice to our disciplinary concerns and leads to a principled statement that clarifies a particularly ethnographic position. This position is then discussed by several commentators who treat its viability and necessity against the background of wider developments in anthropology – sustaining the original insight that in ethnography, research materials have been co‐produced before they become commoditised into ‘data’. Finally, in moving beyond such a position, the Forum broadens the issue to the point where other methodologies and forms of ownership of research materials will also need consideration.

Lives opposed

Perceptivity and tacticality in conflict and crime


This article looks at the way people tactically adjust to contexts of insecurity and danger. Building on fieldwork with disenfranchised urban poor in West Africa and marginal West African migrants in Europe, it clarifies how perspectives and practices are attuned to precarious situations and life conditions. The article argues that the struggle to identify threats leads to a nervous sociality in which figures and social forces are examined for hidden intentions and negative potentials. Such circumstances engender an apprehensive bearing, as an affective state, posture and approach, through which social life is sought, investigated and controlled. It augments perceptivity and leads to a scanning and probing of social life that feeds into a social version of the hermeneutics of suspicion and generates a range of pre‐emptive practices.