Cultural Anthropology has a twenty-year history of publishing a diversity of approaches to the wider Middle East—from North Africa to Iran to Turkey. The earliest contribution in CA’s tradition is Paul Dresch’s essay “The Flowering of Segmentation” (1988). In that pioneering essay, Dresch traces a genealogy of the idiom of ‘segmentation’ emergent from the landmark work of orientalist and religious scholar William Robertson Smith in order to evaluate the transcultural mobilization and refraction of anthropology’s conceptual instruments.
Over the last twenty years, Cultural Anthropology has published a range of articles on South Asia. Authors have examined how hierarchy and caste have been constructed and queried in the anthropological literature, how local and global forces have cross pollinated and take on new meanings, and changing understandings of freedom and citizenship amidst the rise of professional classes. The topical breadth of these essays is impressive, including globalization and neoliberalism, nationalism, rural political movements, dance and media.
Over the last twenty years, Cultural Anthropology has published an extraordinarily wide range of essays on Latin America. Many authors have brought innovative methodological and theoretical tools to bear on the subjects of religion, ritual, and cultural production across the region.
Versions of the Dead: Kalunga, Cuban-Kongo Materiality, and Ethnography
Todd Ramon Ochoa
Cultural Anthropology Nov 2007, Vol. 22, No. 4: 473-500.
Suicide, Risk, and Investment in the Heart of the African Miracle
Cultural Anthropology Nov. 2009, Vol. 24, No. 4: 652-680
Cultural Anthropology has published a number of essays that trace the transformations in class, gender and identity which Japanese society has undergone in the last one hundred years. Authors have examined the shifting cultural forms and categories that Japanese people have used to define and redefine collective and personal identities during decades of rapid technological change, war, and economic growth.
Fluid Labor and Blood Money: The Economy of HIV/AIDS in Rural Central China
Cultural Anthropology Nov. 2006, Vol. 21, No. 4: 535-569.
THE FACE OF MONEY: Currency, Crisis, and Remediation in Post-Suharto Indonesia
Cultural Anthropology Feb. 2009, Vol. 24, No. 1: 68-103
Editors’ Introduction to the "Coke Complex"
American Stiob: Or, What Late Socialist Aesthetics of Parody Reveal About Contemporary Political Culture in the West
Dominic Boyer and Alexei Yurchak
Cultural Anthropology May 2010, Vol. 25, No. 2: 179-221.