Aims and Scope
Economic Anthropology is published by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) to make available research that is innovative and interdisciplinary and focused on economic and social life to serve scholars, practitioners, and general audiences. Contributors to the journal represent a wide range of disciplines including cultural anthropology, archaeology, sociology, demography, economics, ecology, geography, and history. In 2017, Economic Anthropology doubled its annual publication list from one to two: a theme-based issue pegged to our annual conference, and a new Open Submission issue representing a wide variety of research engaged with economy and society.
Economic Anthropology was founded in 2013 during the transition from the SEA’s independent status to a society within the American Anthropological Association (AAA). The premier issue was published in January 2014. In 2015, the journal recorded the single highest rate of growth for readership for all 33 journals housed in the AAA. In 2017, the journal expanded to include two issues per year—the theme-based publication, and an open-submission issue.
For 30 years preceding the founding of the journal, the SEA published an annual volume of articles drawn from the Annual SEA Spring Conference. Annual themes reflect issues of current debate and significance and have included, for example, Technologies, Energy, Inequality, Cities, Greed, Landscape, Cooperation, Tourism, Disaster, Morality, Textiles, and Food. The journal continued the successful tradition of publishing a theme-based annual issue but with a high-quality online format, full indexing of articles, a forward-looking vision, and the support of Wiley publishing and AAA, the journal is able to reach a broad base of scholars and publics.
To further the goal of making the most current research available to a broad audience, Economic Anthropology emphasizes clear and accessible writing. We encourage authors to take advantage of the journal’s online format and incorporate photos, graphics, and links to video or other related materials. The journal considers the work of scholars at all points in their careers, including advanced PhD students.
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“The Symposium” portion of the new Open Submission issue features short essays by prominent anthropologists speaking to a common question. This issue, the question is:
"How can economic anthropology contribute to a more just world?"