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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. 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

Vol. 32 No. 4 (2017)

The year’s final issue of Cultural Anthropology features a new contribution to our Openings and Retrospectives section, an Openings collection on “Chemo-Ethnography.” Nicholas Shapiro and Eben Kirksey make the case for a critical engagement with modern... More

Vol. 32 No. 3 (2017)

The August issue of Cultural Anthropology features a Retrospectives collection on “Sovereignty,” edited by J. Kēhaulani Kauanui. In her introduction, Kauanui reflects on how the concept of sovereignty has occupied a tentative and emergent role in... More

Vol. 32 No. 2 (2017)

The May issue of Cultural Anthropology features the latest contribution to our Openings and Retrospectives section, a Retrospectives collection on “Affect,” edited by Daniel White. In his introductory essay, White reflects on how affect theory has inspired... More

Vol. 32 No. 1 (2017)

Our first issue of 2017 features a new contribution to the journal’s Openings and Retrospectives section: an Openings collection, “Speed,” edited by Vincent Duclos, Tomás Sánchez Criado, and Vinh-Kim Nguyen. In their introductory essay, the editors discuss how they hope... More

Vol. 31 No. 4 (2016)

In our final issue of 2016, Cultural Anthropology launches its long-anticipated Sound + Vision section. Stefan Helmreich introduces us to gravitational-wave science and the sonic ways of knowing it figures. Eli Thorkelson analyzes an instance of French protest... More

Vol. 31 No. 3 (2016)

The August 2016 issue of Cultural Anthropology features the latest contribution to our Openings and Retrospectives section: “Theorizing Refusal,” edited by Carole McGranahan. In the introduction to this Openings collection, McGranahan explains why it is... More

Vol. 31 No. 2 (2016)

Cultural Anthropology’s latest issue opens with an announcement of the founding of a new 501(c)(3), Friends of Cultural Anthropology, which has been created as a gathering point for ideas and funds to help make the journal’s open-access transition sustainable... More

Vol. 31 No. 1 (2016)

Our February 2016 issue opens with an editorial by managing editor Marcel LaFlamme, which explains the origins of Open Researcher and Contributor IDs (ORCIDs) and why Cultural Anthropology is now requiring authors to use them.

Six original research... More

Vol. 30 No. 4 (2015)

Our November 2015 issue opens with the final installment of our yearlong series of reflections on the first thirty years of Cultural Anthropology. Anne Allison and Charlie Piot, who edited the journal from 2010 to 2014, review their experience of editing in a... More