This issue includes our First Book Symposium, a new feature for Social Analysis
that replaces the book reviews section we have had for a number of years. In
each regular issue of the journal, we shall be devoting this feature to a single
book written by a first-time author, which in one way or another develops new
potentials for anthropological analysis (this being the core intellectual mission
of our journal). The book will be subjected to sustained critique by relevant
scholars, to which the author will then respond. We hope that this more focused
approach will allow for a deeper engagement with emerging currents of analysis
than what the shorter book review format allows, providing also a platform for
books by scholars who are not already established and well known.
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