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Focaal advocates an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision, and is rooted in debates on the ongoing conjunction of anthropology and history and the incorporation of local settings in wider spatial networks of coercion, imagination, and exchange. While encouraging contributions on all world regions, it is unique among anthropology journals for its affiliation with 'anthropology at home' and studies of 'the West', Europe and post-socialism. The journal is also interested in issues of globalization, imperialism, and associated violent and disruptive processes, as well as their ramifications for local research settings and for theory and method.
Introducing: FocaalBlog, which aims to accelerate and intensify anthropological conversations beyond what a regular academic journal can do, and to make them more widely, globally, and swiftly available.

Publisher: Berghahn Journals

31 issues are available electronically
  • Volume 2015
  • Number 73, Winter 2015 E. P. Thompson and the anthropology of twenty-first-century capitalism
  • Number 72, Summer 2015 Inspiring alterpolitics edited by Stefano Boni and Riccardo Ciavolella
  • Number 71, Spring 2015 Anthropologies in, of, and for the world, Edited by Graeme MacRae
  • Volume 2014
  • Number 70, Winter 2014 Black Sea Currents, edited by Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja
  • Number 69, Summer 2014
  • Number 68, Spring 2014 Prison climates in the global South, edited by Andrew M. Jefferson, Chris Garces, and Tomas Max Martin
  • Volume 2013
  • Number 67, Winter 2013
  • Number 66, Summer 2013
  • Number 65, Spring 2013 Toward an Anthropology of Affirmative Action. Edited by Alpa Shah and Sara Shneiderman
  • Volume 2012
  • Number 64, Winter 2012 The Empire Debate: Hardt and Negri's Anthropological Encounter. Edited by Ara Wilson
  • Number 63, Summer 2012 Changing flows in anthropological knowledge. Edited by Michał Buchowski and Virginia R. Dominguez
  • Number 62, Spring 2012 Class, Community, and Crisis in Post-industrial Britain. Edited by Jeanette Edwards, Gillian Evans, and Katherine Smith
  • Volume 2011
  • Number 61, Winter 2011 Elusive promises: Planning in the contemporary world. Edited by Simone Abram and Gisa Weszkalnys
  • Number 60, 1 August 2011 Corporate Ethicizing. Edited by Catherine Dolan, Christina Garsten, and Dinah Rajak
  • Number 59, Spring 2011 Forum: Sexular fantasies: The Occident and its religious Others. Edited by Oskar Verkaaik and Rachel Spronk
  • Volume 2010
  • Number 58, Winter 2010 Race ascendant: Framing physical anthropology in Central and Southeastern Europe. Edited by Marius Turda and Tudor Georgescu
  • Number 57, Summer 2010 Beyond reconciliation: Social reconstruction after the Bosnian war. Edited by Marita Eastmond and Anders H. Stefansson
  • Number 56, Spring 2010 Non-binding coercions: Ethnographic perspectives on soft law. Edited by Filippo M. Zerilli
  • Volume 2009
  • Number 55, Winter 2009 Critical perspectives on the persistence of “culture talk“ in the making of Europe. Edited by Mary N. Taylor
  • Number 54, Summer 2009 Forum: Accumulation by dispossession and Asia's “modernizing“ Left. Edited by Luisa Steur
  • Number 53, Spring 2009 The East speaks back: Gender and sexuality in postsocialist Europe. Edited by Agnieszka Kościańska and Jill Owczarzak
  • Volume 2008
  • Number 52, Winter 2008 Toward an anthropology of oil and domination, guest editors: Stephen Reyna
  • Number 51, Summer 2008 Migrants, mobility, and mobilization. Editors: Pauline Gardiner Barber and Winne Lem
  • Volume 2007
  • Number 50, Winter 2007 Social Security and Care After Socialism. Editors: Tatjana Thelen and Rosie Read; Militarization of Anthropology. Editor: August Carbonella
  • Number 49, Summer 2007 Movement, violence, and the making of home. Guest editors: Stef Jansen and Staffan Löfving
  • Volume 2006
  • Number 48, Winter 2006 GMOs—Global objects of contention. Guest editor: Birgit Müller
  • Number 47, Summer 2006 The transnational construction of local conflicts and protests. Guest editors: Halleh Ghorashi, Oscar Salemink, and Marja Spierenberg
  • Volume 2005
  • Number 46, Winter 2005 Science/technology as politics. Guest editor: Simone Abram
  • Number 45, Summer 2005 Researching poverty. Guest editors: John R. Campbell and Jeremy Holland
  • Volume 2004
  • Number 44, Winter 2004 Owning Culture. Guest editor: Deema Kaneff
  • Number 43, Summer 2004 Sexual encounters, migration and desire in post-socialist contexts. Guest editors: Hülya Demirdirek and Judy Whitehead

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