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Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology publishes ethnographic writing informed by a wide array of theoretical perspectives, innovative in form and content, and focused on both traditional and emerging topics. It also welcomes essays concerned with ethnographic methods and research design in historical perspective, and with ways cultural analysis can address broader public audiences and interests.

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Cover of the February 2019 issue, featuring a black-and-white photo of a narrow street in Turkey.

In this first issue produced under the editorship of Brad Weiss (William and Mary), Heather Paxson (MIT), and Christopher Nelson (UNC Chapel Hill), the themes of life, death, gender, and movement emerge. That all the contributions are written by women is a happy accident that underscores Cultural Anthropology’s commitment to inclusivity in scholarly opportunities. In that same vein, we are pleased with this issue to introduce to Cultural Anthropology the practice of providing translations of article abstracts in languages relevant to the content—in this issue’s case, Turkish and Arabic.

The issue opens with a timely Openings and Retrospectives collection. “Reproductive Politics in the Age of Trump and Brexit,” edited by Faye Ginsburg and Sarah Franklin, gathers feminist scholars to offer an incisive, trans-Atlantic commentary on the resonances between reproductive and immigration restrictions that are becoming standardized nightmares across the globe. Case studies by Elise Andaya, Risa Cromer, Dána-Ain Davis, Carolyn Sufrin, and Sarah Franklin demonstrate how prolife and anti-immigrant sentiments are often rooted in similar nationalist agendas, while black women’s reproductive lives in the United States continue to be contoured by what Saidiya Hartman has called the afterlife of slavery.

Four original research articles appear in the February issue. Anita Hannig reports on medically assisted end-of-life practices in Oregon, while Asli Zengin gives us a poignant account of how sovereignty and intimacy are bound up in the deaths of transgender people in Turkey. Sahar Sadjadi offers an assessment of how ideas about personhood are embedded in the body in the discourse of pediatric psychiatrists who treat transgender children and adolescents. Finally, Anne Meneley reflects on walking in Palestine (and elsewhere) as a way of registering a host of concerns about the politics of place, movement, and belonging.

Curated Collections

Sovereignty

Sovereignty

After the words “America” and “United States,” President Donald Trump mentioned sovereignty more than any other topic in his speech to the United Nations General... More

Precarity

Precarity

Precarity is an emerging abandonment that pushes us away from a livable life. In a growing body of scholarship centered on social marginalization, the concept of precarity has... More

Reclaiming Hope

Reclaiming Hope

Has hope become a word that betrays you? In an escalating “war on words” (van Eekelen et al. 2004, 1), has hope bulldozed over our dreams? During the 2008 U.S.... More

Everyday Islam

Everyday Islam

This collection gathers five articles previously published in Cultural Anthropology, by Naveeda Khan, Hayder Al-Mohammad, Carolyn Rouse and Janet Hoskins,... More