This is a new journal but it also follows in some grand footsteps. Cambridge Anthropology existed for nearly four decades, from the early 1970s until 2011, as an in-house forum in Cambridge encouraging innovation and debate, in pages littered with now famous names. That forum ceased publication last year, although some of those names will be reappearing in the current journal. This issue re-launches Cambridge Anthropology as an international peer-reviewed journal, with a geographically broad input. These pages will continue to offer space to try out new ideas and material, to publish new ethnography, and to set new agendas. It is still a space therefore in which to inspire and to praise, to engage in serious debate, to get angry if necessary, to fly kites, to urge new directions, or to take colleagues’ contributions to task.

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