Please help us to prove that open-access anthropology can work!

In making Cultural Anthropology free to read, we have given up our most significant source of revenue. We need your help to ensure the financial viability of the journal into the future. Please consider making a donation, big or small, to our publishing fund. And if you aren't a member of the SCA, please think about joining.

Browse Articles

Cities & Urbanism

"The Taste No Chef Can Give": Processing Street Food in Mumbai

Becoming a Force in the Zone: Hedonopolitics, Masculinity, and the Quest for Respect on Haiti’s Streets

Ecologies of Investment: Crisis Histories and Brick Futures in Argentina

Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: The Egyptian Uprising and a Sufi Khidma

Homeownership in Israel: The Social Costs of Middle-Class Debt

Why Ethnography Matters: On Anthropology and Its Publics

Post/Socialist Affect: Ruination and Reconstruction of the Nation in Urban Vietnam

Formless: A Day at Lima’s Office of Formalization by Daniella Gandolfo

Tokyo's Commuter Train Suicides and the Society of Emergence

Progress and its Ruins: Ghosts, Migrants, and the Uncanny in Thailand

Counterfeiting the Nation? Skopje 2014 and the Politics of Nation Branding in Macedonia

Blackouts and Progress: Privatization, Infrastructure, and a Developmentalist State in Jimma, Ethiopia

The Global University, Area Studies, and the World Citizen: Neoliberal Geography's Redistribution of the "World"

Pressure: The PoliTechnics of Water Supply in Mumbai

Inhabiting Ocular Ground: Kinshasa's Future in the Light of Congo's Spectral Urban Politics

Making Time for the Children: Self-Temporalization and the Cultivation of the Antisuicidal Subject in South India

"They Come in Peasants and Leave Citizens": Urban Villages and the Making of Shenzhen, China

Flexible Citizenship in Dubai: Neoliberal Subjectivity in the Emerging 'City-Corporation'

Imperial Debris: Reflections on Ruins and Ruination

The City as Barracks: Freetown, Monrovia, and the Organization of Violence in Postcolonial African Cities

Displacing Violence: Making Pentecostal Memory in Postwar Sierra Leone

Beyond the Glitter: Belly Dance and Neoliberal Gentrification in Istanbul

Streets Not Named: Discursive Dead Ends and the Politics of Orientation in Intercommunal Spatial Relations in Northern Greece

Biopolitical Beijing: Pleasure, Sovereignty, and Self-Cultivation in China's Capital

Engaging Colonial Nostalgia

“Visible Signs of a City Out of Control”: Community Policing in New York City

Phantasms in a "Starry" Place: Space and Identification in a Central New Delhi Market

Spectacles of Modernity: Transnational Imagination and Local Hegemonies in Neoliberal Buenos Aires

Thug Realism: Inhabiting Fantasy in Urban Tanzania

Bioprospecting the Public Domain