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In 2014, Cultural Anthropology went open access, which means that all articles published since 2014 are freely available on the Cultural Anthropology website immediately upon publication. Articles published before 2014 are available at Wiley Online Library to members of the American Anthropological Association and institutional subscribers.

Vol. 39 No. 1 (2024)

We present six original papers in this issue as well as the inaugural guest commentary.

When the Society for Cultural Anthropology selected our distributed, international editorial collective to lead Cultural Anthropology, they did so in part to support... More

Vol. 38 No. 4 (2023)

We present five original papers in this issue.

Melding discourses on technicity, decolonial epistemology, and anthropologies of energy, Katie Ulrich analyzes the traffic between sugarcane biological growth, industry growth, and economic growth in the context of... More

Vol. 38 No. 3 (2023)

 We present five original papers in this issue.

Chloe Ahmann, in her ethnography of the conspiratorial politics surrounding the construction of a waste incinerator in South Baltimore, asks “What do rumors theorize?” In a late industrial context where corporate... More

Vol. 38 No. 2 (2023)

Five original research articles are presented in this issue.

Tsipy Ivry, Maki Ogawa, and Jun Murotsuki unpack the moral economy of decision-making by chronicling how the application of non-invasive prenatal tests is discussed among pregnant women and medical... More

Vol. 38 No. 1 (2023)

The February 2023 issue of Cultural Anthropology is the first issue edited by the collective of Matilde Córdoba Azcárate, Alberto Corsín Jiménez, Julia Elyachar, Joanne Nucho, AbdouMaliq Simone, Manuel Tironi, and Ather Zia and features six research... More

Vol. 37 No. 4 (2022)

Featuring seven research articles, the November 2022 issue of Cultural Anthropology is the final issue edited by the collective of Chris Nelson, Heather Paxson, and Brad Weiss.

In “Orders of Protection,” Kelly Gillespie critically dissects the tactical... More

Vol. 37 No. 3 (2022)

Our third issue of 2022 offers a wide range of perspectives examining an array of problems. While we like to think of this as a hallmark of Cultural Anthropology, this issue poses a critically reflexive discussion of diversity itself, suggesting new frameworks... More

Vol. 37 No. 2 (2022)

May’s issue opens with #CiteBlackWomen, a searing colloquy in which Anne-Maria B. Makhulu, Christen A. Smith, Faye V. Harrison, Savannah Shange, and Bianca C. Williams analyze the race and gender politics of citation, and further spell out what our discipline stands to... More

Vol. 37 No. 1 (2022)

Our first issue of 2022 opens with a Colloquy exploring the bioeconomies of mobility. Edited by Marthe Achtnich, its essays compare notes on how the controlled movement of life forms—humans and human oocytes, rare animals, viruses, and bacteria—can itself be... More

Vol. 36 No. 4 (2021)

This issue of Cultural Anthropology features a Colloquy, as well as five original research articles. The Colloquy introduces the field of “Oikography,” an ethnographic method that proposes we think of housing not from the technical perspective of such... More

Stencil with the text, "When can we kiss again?"

Vol. 36 No. 3 (2021)

Our August issue opens with the Colloquy “‘L’enfer, c’est les autres’: Proximity as an Ethical Problem during COVID-19.” Six authors, in dialogue with one another, ask us to consider the ways in which ethical practices have shaped and been shaped by the... More

Vol. 36 No. 2 (2021)

Our second issue of the year offers six original research essays that consider themes both classic and contemporary in our (in)discipline. Heath Pearson’s work offers a deep history of the coercive character of labor in the rural agricultural zones of southern New... More

Vol. 36 No. 1 (2021)

This issue, the first of 2021, features six original research essays on a diverse array of themes. Gustav Peebles uses the example of electronic payments in Sweden—particularly the Swish cell phone app that is a pervasive e-currency—to demonstrate how these raise much... More

Vol. 35 No. 4 (2020)

The final issue of 2020, a year too abundant in significance to characterize easily, brings us five original research articles. The issue begins with a consideration of dispute mediation in China explored by Andrea E. Pia. Pia shows how dissent is carefully managed in... More

Vol. 35 No. 3 (2020)

Our third issue of 2020 finds us in the midst of a global pandemic. The lives of our authors, our readers, our collaborators, our students, and our families have all been touched. At the same time, here in the United States, outrage at anti-Black violence has fueled... More

Vol. 35 No. 2 (2020)

This issue of Cultural Anthropology features a Colloquy, as well as four original research articles. The Colloquy revisits the pressing question of “security” across the Middle East. Moving beyond the now standardized geopolitical deployments of this... More

Vol. 35 No. 1 (2020)

The first Cultural Anthropology issue of 2020 features five original research articles, as well as our first edition of a new feature, Colloquy. Colloquy collections are intended to take the form of a conversation in which different vantage points are... More

Cover of the November 2019 issue, featuring an abandoned sugar factory office in Libertad, Belize.

Vol. 34 No. 4 (2019)

The November 2019 issue of Cultural Anthropology features five original research articles. Amy Moran-Thomas’s discussion of the devastating effects of diabetes in Belize offers a powerful perspective from which to question one of the fundamental categories of... More

Vol. 34 No. 3 (2019)

This issue offers six original research essays drawn from diverse, contemporary sociocultural worlds. Sasha Newell offers a highly reflexive essay derived from his long-term relationships with young men and women in Côte d’Ivoire. He considers the relationship between... More

Vol. 34 No. 2 (2019)

Five original research articles are presented in this issue. Jean Hunleth develops the concept of imaginal caring, drawing on her work with Zambian children. These children live with household members suffering from tuberculosis and HIV, elaborating imaginative stories... More

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

Vol. 34 No. 1 (2019)

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... More

Vol. 33 No. 4 (2018)

The November 2018 issue of Cultural Anthropology is the final issue to be edited by the collective of Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, and Cymene Howe. Accordingly, the issue opens with two editorial reflections—an editors’ farewell and a practical guide to... More

Vol. 33 No. 3 (2018)

The August 2018 issue of Cultural Anthropology features a new Openings and Retrospectives collection, “Algorithms and Automation,” which explores the widespread impact of mathematical procedures and their supporting sociotechnical infrastructures in the world... More

Vol. 33 No. 2 (2018)

The May 2018 issue of Cultural Anthropology features a far-seeing addition to our Openings and Retrospectives section, “Indigenous Media Futures,” which sounds the creative and political potentials of indigenous media today. William Lempert explains that the... More

Vol. 33 No. 1 (2018)

In our first issue of 2018, Cultural Anthropology features two new contributions to our Sound + Vision section with a shared focus on voice and sound. Laura Kunreuther uses the South Asian concept of āwāj to explore the multiplicity of democratic... More