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.
Flexible Citizenship in Dubai: Neoliberal Subjectivity in the Emerging 'City-Corporation'
THEORIES OF CULTURE
Indigenous Cosmopilitics in the Andes: Conceptual Reflections Beyond 'Politics'
Marisol de la Cadena
Cultural Anthropology May 2010, Vol. 25, No. 2:334-370
Cosmopolitanism, Remediation, and the Ghost World of Bollywood
For over twenty years, Cultural Anthropology has published a wide range of essays in which its authors approach the practices of voting, elections, and democratic institutions in innovative ways.
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 in which violence is a central theme. Some of these essays highlight how everyday life is organized around violent practices and local images of violence. See, for example, Danny Hoffman’s “The City as Barracks” (2007) and Bruce Grant’s “The Good Russian Prisoner” (2005). Other essays examine the role of media in cultural productions of violence. See, for example, Charles L. Briggs’s “Mediating Infanticide” (2007) and Anne Allison’s “Cyborg Violence” (2001).
Spectacles of Sexuality: Televisionary Activism in Nicaragua
Cultural Anthropology Feb 2008, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 48-84.
From the outset, Cultural Anthropology has published articles engaging with science and technology. For example, an early essay of Michael M.J. Fischer's, "Scientific Dialogue and Critical Hermeneutics" (1988). The essay by Emily Martin, "The Ethnography of Natural Selection in the 1990s" and David Hess' comments capture the critical import of these topics (1994). Also available is a special issue devoted to these intersections, introduced by Daniel A. Segal's "Editor's Note: On Anthropology and/in/of Science." (2001). See also Gary Lee Downey, Joseph Dumit, and Sarah Williams' essay, "Cyborg Anthropology" (1995).
On the Trail of Living Modified Organisms: Environmentalism Within and Against Neoliberal Order
Cultural Anthropology Nov. 2009, Vol. 24, No. 4: 712-745
Code is Speech: Legal Tinkering, Expertise, and Protest among Free and Open Source Software Developers
Cultural Anthropology Aug. 2009, Vol. 24, No. 3: 420-454.
The Generic Biothreat, or, How We Became Unprepared
Cultural Anthropology Aug. 2008, Vol. 23, No. 3: 399-428.
Post-Pasteurian Cultures: The Microbiopolitics of Raw-Milk Cheese in the US
Cultural Anthropology Feb. 2008, Vol. 23, No. 1: 15-47
Four Genealogies for a Recombinant Anthropology of Science and Technology
Michael M.J. Fischer
Cultural Anthropology Nov. 2007, Vol. 22, No. 4: 539-615.