Social Analysis

The International Journal of Anthropology

Judith Bovensiepen,
University of Kent
Martin Holbraad, University College London
Hans Steinmüller, London School of Economics

Subjects: Anthropology, Political and Social Theory, Social Sciences

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Social Analysis is a part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open initiative, a pilot aiming to convert 13 Anthropology journals to full Open Access on an on-going and sustainable basis.

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 64 (2020): Issue 3 (Sep 2020)

Volume 64 / 2020, 4 issues per volume (spring, summer, autumn, winter)

Aims & Scope

Social Analysis is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to exploring the analytical potentials of anthropological research. It encourages contributions grounded in original empirical research that critically probe established paradigms of social and cultural analysis. The journal expresses the best that anthropology has to offer by exploring in original ways the relationship between ethnographic materials and theoretical insight. By forging creative and critical engagements with cultural, political, and social processes, it also opens new avenues of communication between anthropology and the humanities as well as other social sciences.

The journal publishes four issues per year, including regular Special Issues on particular themes. The Editors welcome individual articles that focus on diverse topics and regions, reflect varied theoretical approaches and methods, and aim to appeal widely within anthropology and beyond. Proposals for Special Issues are selected by the Editorial Board through an annual competitive call.

Before submitting articles to Social Analysis, authors are advised to read the Editor’s detailed advice as to what makes a good submission.


Social Analysis is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Anthropological Literature (Ebsco)
  • Anthropological Literature (Tozzer Library – Harvard University)
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (Association for Asian Studies)
  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI) – Level 2
  • Biography Index (Ebsco)
  • British Humanities Index (ProQuest)
  • Current Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Current Bibliography on African Affairs (Baywood)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH)
  • International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • International Political Science Abstracts Database (Ebsco)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (De Gruyter)
  • Left Index (Ebsco)
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers – Level 2
  • Periodicals Index Online (ProQuest)
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • Social Sciences Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • Social Sciences Index (Ebsco)
  • SocINDEX (Ebsco)
  • Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • South Pacific Periodicals Index
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (ProQuest) 

Judith Bovensiepen, University of Kent, UK
Martin Holbraad, University College London, UK
Hans Steinmüller, London School of Economics, UK

Founding Editor: Bruce Kapferer, University of Bergen, Norway

Editoral Board:
Alexandra Bakalaki, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Rohan Bastin, Deakin University, Australia
Laura Bear, London School of Economics, UK
Bjørn Enge Bertelsen,University of Bergen, Norway
Allen Chun, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Alberto Corsin Jimenez, CSIC, Madrid, Spain
Hastings Donnan, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Ghassan Hage, University of Melbourne, Australia
Elizabeth Hallam, University of Oxford, UK
Don Handelman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Laurie Hart, UCLA, USA
Penelope Harvey, University of Manchester, UK
Michael Humphrey, University of Sydney, Australia
Michael Houseman, EPHE, Paris, France
André Iteanu, EPHE, Paris, France
Lisette Josephides, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Hannah Knox, University College London, UK
Eduardo Kohn, McGill University, Canada
Cheryl Mattingly, University of Southern California, USA
Atsuro Morita, Osaka University, Japan
David Murray, York University, Toronto, Canada
Johannes Neurath, INAH, Mexico City, Mexico
Patrick Neveling, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Donald Nonini, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Maja Petrovic-Steger, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia
Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University, USA
Nancy Ries, Colgate University, USA
Knut Rio, University of Bergen, Norway
Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester, UK, and the Max Planck Institute, Germany
Rupert Stasch, University of Cambridge, UK
Jason Throop, UCLA, USA
Soumhya Venkatesan, University of Manchester, UK
Pnina Werbner, Keele University, UK
Richard Werbner, University of Manchester, UK

Manuscript Submission

Before submitting articles to Social Analysis, authors are advised to read the editors' detailed advice as to what makes a good submission, as well as the journal’s submission and style guide.

Article submissions should be sent to the editors at All contributions are externally refereed by scholars of international repute. We place a premium on the rapid processing of manuscripts, and contributors can expect to be appraised of their manuscript’s progress at every stage. For further information, please contact the editors.

When considering whether to submit an article to Social Analysis, authors should take into account the journal's Aims and Scope.

General Guidelines

Articles should be submitted by e-mail as word attachments, formatted as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format files. Submissions should be 6,000 to 8,000 words (including endnotes and references) and include an abstract of not more than 125 words and 5 to 8 keywords.

The journal's style guide is available in PDF format: Social Analysis Style Guide. This includes submission requirements of artwork (illustrations, maps, tables, and figures). The guide is based on The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), 16th edition, and uses US punctuation and spelling, following Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Manuscripts accepted for publication that do not conform to the Social Analysis style guide will be returned to the author for amendment.

Have other questions? Please refer to the Berghahn Info for Authors page for general information and guidelines including topics such as article usage and permissions for Berghahn journal article authors.

Special Issues

Social Analysis publishes up to two Special Issues per year. These are selected through an annual Call for Special Issue Proposals.

Our current call for proposals is available above. The shortlisting of proposals will be conducted in consultation with the journal's new Editorial Board. The guest editors of shortlisted proposals will be invited to submit the complete manuscript of the Special Issue. The manuscripts will then go to peer review, and the final selection will be announced.

Special Issue proposals should be up to 2,000 words and include (a) a brief description of the theme and focus, including an explanation of the rationale for its selection of articles; (b) an account of its contribution to the existing literature; (c) an explanation of how the Special Issue addresses the journal's Aims and Scope; (d) abstracts of no longer than 125 words for each article, indicating expected word length (including endnotes and references); (e) an indication of the state of the manuscript at the time of proposal (e.g., whether drafts of the articles are already available, whether the introduction has been written, whether an afterword is pending).

Please note that Special Issues can have a total word count of no more than 66,000 words (including endnotes and references). So, including the introduction, this would typically include 8 articles of up to 8,000 words each, or 9 to 10 substantially shorter articles.

License Agreement

As part of the Berghahn Open Anthro initiative, articles in Social Analysis are published open access under a Creative Commons license.

Authors must visit our License Options page to select and download their preferred license agreement. Completed and signed forms should be sent to

Ethics Statement

Authors published in Social Analysis certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While every effort is made by the publishers and the editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Social Analysis ethics statement.

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Studies in Social Analysis

General Editor:

Martin Holbraad, University College London

By forging creative and critical engagements with cultural, political, and social processes, anthropology explores the potential of social analysis to open new paths for thinking about human phenomena.

The focus of this series is on ‘analysis’, understood not as a synonym of 'theory', but as the fertile meeting-ground of the empirical and the conceptual. It provides a platform for exploring anthropological approaches to social analysis in all of their variety, and in doing so seeks also to open new avenues of communication between anthropology and the humanities as well as other social sciences.

Critical Interventions: A Forum for Social Analysis

General Editor:

Bruce Kapferer, University of Bergen

Short and succinct, the essays presented in these volumes excite debate on issues of global moment that impact on everyday lives in diverse regional areas and expose readers to information that is not widely available in the media.