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 2 (Jun 2020): COVID-19 and the Transformation of Intimacy: Microbes – Bodies

Volume 27, Issue 3
COVID-19 and the Transformation of Intimacy: Lovers - Deities


Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis
Social Intimacy

Lovers, Couples and Families

Lara McKenzie
Shutting Down Sex: COVID-19, Sex, and the Transformation of Singledom

Van Minh Nguyen
Intimacy and Semi-Mobility during Ho Chi Minh City’s Lockdown

Hannah McNeilly and Koreen M. Reece 
“Everybody’s Always Here with Me!”: Pandemic Proximity and the Lockdown Family

Bob Simpson
Haptic Mediations: Intergenerational Kinship in the Time of COVID-19

Sarah Pink, Harry Ferguson and Laura Kelly
Child Protection Social Work in COVID-19: Reflections on Home Visits and Digital Intimacy

Citizens and States

Senem Kaptan
‘No Virus Is Stronger than Our Unity’: Shifting Forms of Governmental Intimacies during COVID-19

Jialing Luo
COVID-19 and Uncertain Intimacy: State–Society Relations in Urban China and Beyond

David Whyte
Viral Intimacy and Catholic Nationalist Political Economy: COVID-19 and the Community Response in Rural Ireland

Michael Herzfeld
Lockdown Reflections on Freedom and Cultural Intimacy

Anne Décobert
From Toilet Paper Wars to #ViralKindness? COVID-19, Solidarity and the Basic Income Debate in Australia


Marion Hamm
Physically Distant – Socially Intimate: Reflecting on Public Performances of Resistance in a Pandemic Situation

Andrew Dawson
COVID-19 and the Transformation of Intimate Inter- and Intra-National Relations

Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins
The Intimate Borders of Epidemiological Nationalism

Elżbieta Drążkiewicz
Scientific Intimacy: The Changing Relationship with Medical Data at the Time of COVID-19 pandemic


Nadeem Malik
Intimacy with God and Coronavirus in Pakistan

Sofya A. Ragozina
Islamic Biopolitics during Pandemics in Russia: Intertextuality of Religious, Medical and Political Discourses

Rebecca Irons
Quarantime: Lockdown and the Global Disruption of Intimacies with Routine, Clock Time, and the Intensification of Time-Space Compression

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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The aims of AAiA are to create networks of anthropologists working and researching in these fields; to explore anthropological approaches to current issues of policy and practice; to give students the opportunity to make contact with anthropologists working in these fields and provide postgraduate training courses in the additional skills needed for such employment; and to identify theoretical and educational issues arising from the above and disseminate these approaches into anthropology departments.

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