How did it come about that you became editor of Social Analysis?
It was Bruce Kapferer and his legendary powers of persuasion! Bruce set the
journal up in 1979 with the intention, as he explained to me recently, of taking
forward the anthropological agenda of the Manchester School: socio-political
analysis based on the detailed ethnography of practice aiming to intervene
critically in the big issues of the day. Since that time, the journal has grown
a lot, but without losing its somewhat homespun quality, which is one of the
things I most like about it. In fact, one of the best moves Bruce made, after
eventually shifting the center of gravity of the journal away from Australia and
joining forces with you guys at Berghahn, was to pass the editorship to my
predecessors—a dynamic editorial team based at Bergen in Norway, comprising
Bjørn Bertelsen, Ørnulf Gulbrandsen, Knut Rio, and Olaf Smedal, along
with their editorial assistant Nora Haukali.
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