The essays in this issue are grouped under the following rubrics: Taste, Territory, and “the People,” At the Edge of the State, and Expedient Ethnography.
The essays in this issue are grouped under the following rubrics: Diaspora Anxieties, Politics of Atmosphere and Ambiance, and Archival Mediations and Meditations.
The essays in this issue are grouped under the following rubrics: Biological Translations; Mobility and Sedentarization; Self-Help; Moral Violence and Restraint.
The essays in this issue are grouped under the following rubrics: CAPTURE, CONSCRIPTION, AND THE ECONOMYOF PROTECTION; GOVERNING THE GRASSROOTS; POLITICS OF PIETY; DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISMAND NEO-SOCIALISM: SANTIAGO, PARIS, CHICAGO; and DIRT.
The essays in this issue are grouped under the following rubrics: TRUST, IDENTIFICATIONS, PEDAGOGIES OF RELIGION, and SONIC HISTORY.
Few terms from the Marxian lexicon have been as prolific, or the literature surrounding them as prolix, as the proletariat and the commodity. The terms have long been allowed free range, as though universals, though they were born of a specific nineteenth-century European milieu. From there they have been borrowed and extended on analogical loan, so to say, into new comparative frames. Mostly, though, the procedures and rules of loan and extension remain unmarked and unnoticed.
CSSH AT SIXTY At sixty-years strong, the journal remains as fit and agile as ever. The print edition is now accompanied by a dynamic website including interviews, conversations between authors, features on the research processes behind groundbreaking articles, and much more. Ten years ago, in honor of the journal’s half-century jubilee, we celebrated the occasion with an expanded issue. We’re pleased to continue that tradition on this anniversary, presenting fifteen extraordinary essays.
Thing theories, object-human recursion, and materiality already seem familiar and domesticated. All to the good, as it’s often not until the fickle winds of theoretical fashion shift that the most serious work can begin. We are still just scratching the surface in discerning and understanding the agencies or other capacities of things, and their limits—whether theorizing them, understanding their implications from different disciplinary perspectives, or documenting their configurations in the world. Many of this issue’s essays undertake the
reckoning of things and the challenges they pose of value, risk, calculation, and commensurability. None of the essays are predictable, none follow wellworn paths.
In this issue authors address the question of how putatively universal rules—imperial dictates, state laws, economic regimes, and consequential categories of social life like “religion,” “the market” and “indigeneity”—are translated into local vernaculars and adapted to local sites and singular needs. The process is rarely without friction, resistance, cost, or contest. To take a hydraulic metaphor, the essays offer a comparative viscosity of the force and limits of
flow. When standardizing classifications infill regional uses and users, what sorts of detours, dams, floods, and muddied waters follow? What new springs irrupt?
Theories have histories and spatial locations. Certain foci of anthropological or historical reflection are, unsurprisingly, beholden to specific regions: spirit possession and postcolonialism gathered in relation to Africa, and India; revolution, to France, the U.S., Haiti, and Russia; territoriality and spatial semiotics to indigenous groups of the Americas or Australia; “ethnic nationalism,” to Germany and Eastern Europe; creolization and transculturation, to the Caribbean. These geo-theoretical productions inflect and act recursively on and in the lives of social actors who inherit them in those sites, and who live in their sediment.