Anthropology in Action

Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

Editor: Christine McCourt, City, University of London 

Subjects: Applied Anthropology 

Published in association with the Association of Social Anthropologists’ (ASA) Apply Network

Berghahn is delighted to announce that Anthropology in Action will be published as an open access journal as of 2018. Thanks to the generous support from a global network of libraries as part of the Knowledge Unlatched Select initiative, there are no submission or article processing charges (APCs) for authors of articles published under this arrangement, resulting in no direct charges to authors.

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 27 (2020): Issue 1 (Mar 2020)

Volume 27, Issue 2
COVID-19 and the Transformation of Intimacy: Microbes - Bodies


Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis
Microbial Intimacy


Junjie Chen
Experiencing Graduated Intimacies during Lockdown (Fengcheng):
A Reflexive and Comparative Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Urban China 

Kelly Colas
Unexpected Intimacies: An Exploration of the Physician–Patient Relationship during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Dmitry Kurnosov and Anna Varfolomeeva
Constructing the Not-So-New Normal: Ambiguity and Familiarity in Governmental Regulations of Intimacies during the Pandemic

Microbes and Particulates

Carmen McLeod, Eleanor Hadley Kershaw and Brigitte Nerlich
Fearful Intimacies: COVID-19 and the Reshaping of Human–Microbial Relations

Lydia Maria Arantes
Learning to Dwell with Micro-Organisms: Corporeality, Relationality, Temporality

Francesca Messineo
On Money and Quarantine: A Self-Ethnography from Italy

Deane Fergie, Rod Lucas and Morgan Harrington
Take My Breath Away: Transformations in the Practices of Relatedness and Intimacy through Australia’s 2019–2020 Convergent Crises

Bodies (in Danger): Breathing, Coughing, Spitting and Touching

Ellen Block
Exposed Intimacies: Clinicians on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Andreas Streinzer, Almut Poppinga, Carolin Zieringer, Anna Wanka and Georg Marx
Familial Intimacy and the ‘Thing’ between Us: Cuddle Curtains and Desires for Detached Relationality in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Cynthia Sear
Porous Bodies: Corporeal Intimacies, Disgust and Violence in a COVID-19 World

Bryan Lim
Covidiots and the Clamour of the Virus-as-Question: Some Reflections on Biomedical Culture, Futurity and Finitude

Bodies (in Leisure): Singing, Dancing and Holidaying

Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne
Songs of the Pandemic

Jonathan Skinner
Intimacy, Zoom Tango and the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Hazel Andrews
Tourism and COVID-19: Intimacy Transformed or Intimacy Interrupted? 

Volume 27 / 2020, 3 issues per volume (spring, summer, winter)

Aims & Scope

Anthropology in Action (AIA) is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles, commentaries, research reports, and book reviews in applied anthropology. Contributions reflect the use of anthropological training in policy- or practice-oriented work and foster the broader application of these approaches to practical problems. The journal provides a forum for debate and analysis for anthropologists working both inside and outside academia and aims to promote communication amongst practitioners, academics and students of anthropology in order to advance the cross-fertilisation of expertise and ideas.

Recent themes and articles have included the anthropology of welfare, transferring anthropological skills to applied health research, design considerations in old-age living, museum-based anthropology education, cultural identities and British citizenship, feminism and anthropology, and international student and youth mobility.


Anthropology in Action is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Anthropological Index Online (RAI)
  • Anthropological Literature (Tozzer Library – Harvard University)
  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI) – Level 2
  • Cabell's Directory
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodicals (De Gruyter)
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Services Abstracts (CSA/Proquest)
  • Sociological Abstracts (CSA/Proquest)
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (CSA/Proquest)

Editor: Christine McCourt, City, University of London, UK

Reviews Editor: David Orr, University of Sussex, UK

Impact and Careers Section Editors
Natali Valdez, University of California, Irvine, USA
Samantha Page, University of Agder, Norway

Editorial Board
Sarah Buckler, University of Aberdeen, UK
Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Canada
Andrew Dawson, University of Melbourne, Australia
Simone Dennis, Australian National University, Australia
Rachael Gooberman Hill, University of Bristol, UK
Tess Lea, Charles Darwin University, Australia
Cris Shore, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Jonathan Skinner, University of Roehampton, UK
Jennie Morgan, University of York, UK

Editorial Advisory Board
Sam Beck, Cornell University, USA
Don Brenneis, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
Pat Caplan, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Dawn Chatty, Oxford University, UK
Robbie Davis-Floyd, University of Texas, Austin, USA
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo, Norway
Angie Hart, University of Brighton, UK
Helen Lambert, University of Bristol, UK
Sharon Macdonald, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Christopher McKevitt, King's College, University of London, UK
Nici Nelson, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Davide Però, University of Nottingham, UK
Sarah Pink, University of Melbourne, Australia
Tom Selwyn, London Metropolitan University and RAI, UK
Paul Sillitoe, University of Durham, UK
Susan Wright, Danish University of Education, Denmark


Manuscript Submission

Please carefully review the submission and style guide PDF here before submitting. Scholars interested in reviewing books should consult the notes for reviewers here.

The editors welcome contributions for publication, both articles of general interest and ones related to theme issues. Authors should submit articles as Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or Rich Text Format (rtf) files to the online submissions system:

Authors must register with the journal on the submission website prior to submitting, or, if already registered, they can simply log in. On registering as an Author, authors have the option of also registering as a Reviewer (to be called upon to undertake peer reviews of other submissions).

You are welcome to contact the editor, Christine McCourt at, to clarify whether your proposed article is suitable for submission, along with any other queries. Articles should normally be 5,000 to 6,000 words, but shorter pieces are also welcome. 

Please also supply an abstract for your article (125 words) together with five to eight keywords. You should at the same time submit a brief biographical note and contact details (including email and postal address) up to the planned date of publication. If your plans change significantly and you are likely to be away, please inform the editor as soon as possible.

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Ethics Statement

Authors published in Anthropology in Action (AIA) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, reviews and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars or practitioners in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. Authors and contributors are expected to follow ethical principles in their work at all times and should refer to the current ASA or AAA or other relevant professional ethical guidelines. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete AIA ethics statement.

Volume 27/2020, 3 issues p.a. (spring, summer, winter)
ISSN 0967-201X (Print) • ISSN 1752-2285 (Online) 

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