A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology

A journal that publishes both accomplished and emergent scholars on contemporary issues.
A journal that contributes to open access, providing free pre-publication versions of the published papers.


Anthropological Forum is indexed in

  • A P A I S: Australian Public Affairs Information Service (Online)
  • Anthropological Index Online
  • Anthropological Literature
  • C S A Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Current Abstracts
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
  • OCLC
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Thomson Social Sciences Citation Index®,
  • Social SciSearch® and Journal Citation Reports / Social Sciences Edition.


Founded in 1963,  Anthropological Forum is a scientific journal publishing peer-reviewed articles in anthropology and comparative sociology. The journal publishes cutting-edge research from

  • Established scholars that advance anthropological theory and method.
  • Emerging scholars with an accent on ethnography and its analysis.

Additionally, Anthropological Forum includes a special section "Involving Anthropology" that periodically publishes scientific discussions on important topical issues.


Established scholars

Among the scholars that have published with Anthropological Forum, we count Marilyn Strathern, Howard Morphy, Stephen Gudeman, Peter Sutton, Jean and John Comaroff, Marcia Langton, Karen Sykes, Susanna Trnka, Catherine Trundle, Ronald Berndt, Tim Ingold, Philippe Descola, and many more...


Emerging scholars

The journal encourages submissions of papers by post-graduate students or recent PhDs that discuss their ethnographic data through innovative methodological and theoretical approaches.


Involving Anthropology

A number of recent involving anthropology sections are:

  • Strathern, M. - Maurice Godelier's Metamorphoses of Kinship (2014: vol 24-1)
  • Forte, M. - Anthropology: The Empire on which the Sun Never Sets (2014: vol 24-2)
  • 6, P. - Elementary Forms and their Dynamics: Revisiting Mary Douglas (2014: vol 24-3)
  • Lewis, D. - Commodifying Development Experience: Deconstructing Development as Gift in the Development Blockbuster (2014: vol 24-4)
  • Gudeman, S. - Review Article: Piketty and Anthropology (2015: vol 25-1) (Free Open Access)