Open Access and Cultural Anthropology

The Society for Cultural Anthropology, in March 2013, announced plans for Cultural Anthropology to become an open access journal. Starting with its February 2014 issue (volume 29, number 1), new issues of the journal became freely available online through the CA website, and plans are in the works to make back issues available as well. Cultural Anthropology is the first established, high-impact journal in anthropology to offer open access to its published research. We hope our experience will provide the American Anthropological Association as a whole, as well as other journals in the social and human sciences, with valuable guidance as we together explore alternative publishing models.

To learn more about our plans, see the official announcement the transcript of the online chat that followed, and Brad Weiss's editorial in the February 2014 issue of the journal.

ShareCA: An Open Access Directory

ShareCA is a collection of links to repositories and author websites that contain recently published articles from Cultural Anthropology, which authors have kindly made available. The articles are listed below by their authors’ name, in alphabetical order.

Some of the articles below are hosted in the Mana'o collection in the eVols Repository of the Library of the University of Hawai'i, with the cooperation and support of Alex Golub and John Russell.

Please contact Cultural Anthropology at with questions or comments, or to submit your own article.

A Kidnapping in Basra: the Struggles and Precariousness of Life in Post-invasion Iraq

Pressure: The PoliTechnics of Water Supply in Mumbai

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

Anthropology of/in Circulation: The Future of Open Access and Scholarly Societies

The Past is Made By Walking: Labor Activism and Historical Production in Postcolonial Guadeloupe

Ethnographies of Science: Conversation with the Authors and Commentary

The Double Bind of American Indian Need-Based Sovereignty

Tracking Properness: Repackaging Culture in a Remote Australian Town

Feeling Historical

No One Wants To Be the Candy Man: Ambivalent Medicalization and Clinician Subjectivity in Pain Management

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

Piracy, Circulatory Legitimacy, and Neoliberal Subjectivity in Brazil

From Socialist Modern to Super-Natural Organicism: Cosmological Transformations Through Home Decor

The Museum of Resilence: Raising a Sympathetic Public in Post-Welfare Chicago

Tokyo's Commuter Train Suicides and the Society of Emergence

Ethnography in Late Industrialism

"Wrapped in Plastic": Transformation and Alienation in the New Finnish Economy

The Cross Politics of Ecuador's Penal State

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

Eviction Time in the New Saigon: Temporalities of Displacement in the Rubble of Development

Mexican Genomics and the Roots of Racial Thinking

Fingeryeyes: Impressions of Cup Corals

After Culture: Reflection on the Apparition of Anthropology in Artificial Life, a Science of Simulation

Beans Before the Law: Knowledge Practices, Responsibility, and the Paraguayan Soy Boom

Ascertaining Deadly Harms: Aesthetics and Politics of Global Evidence

Spectacles of Sexuality: Televisionary Activism in Nicaragua

Queer Pilgrimage: The San Francisco Homeland and Identity Tourism

Geeks, Social Imaginaries, and Recursive Publics

Traces of Folk Medicine in Jaunpur

Gifts Intercepted: Biopolitics and Spirit Debt

"Your Eyes Are Green like Dollars": Counterfeit Cash, National Substance, and Currency Apartheid in 1990s Russia

Affect and Rearticulating the Racial “Un-Sayables”

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

The Legacies of Writing Culture and the Near Future of the Ethnographic Form: A Sketch

Truth, Fear, and Lies: Exile Politics and Arrested Histories of the Tibetan Resistance

The Aquatic Invader: Marine Management Figuring Fishermen, Fisheries, and Lionfish in The Bahamas

On Affective Labor in Post-Fordist Italy

Dengue Mosquitos Are Single Mothers: Biopolitics Meets Ecological Aesthetics in Nicaraguan Community Health Work

Brands and Their Surfeits

Brand Neoliberalism: Introduction

Nonself Help: How Immunology Might Reframe the Enlightenment

Cosmopolitanism, Remediation, and the Ghost World of Bollywood

The Time of Anthropology: Notes from a Field of Contemporary Experience

Twenty-five years is a long time

The Unbearable Lightness of Expats: Double Binds of Humanitarian Mobility

Potato Ontology: Surviving Postsocialism in Russia

Kinky Empiricism

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

Here Come the Anthros (Again): The Strange Marriage of Anthropology and Native America

Excelente Zona Social

Democratizing Dance: Institutional Transformation and Hegemonic Re-Ordering in Postcolonial Jamaica

Racial Situations: Nationalist Vindication and Radical Deconstructionism

The Closet, Its Conventions, and Anti-Racist Criticism

Two Publics in a Mexican Border City