Dialectical Anthropology is an international journal that seeks to invigorate discussion among left intellectuals by publishing peer-reviewed articles, editorials, letters, reports from the field, political exchanges, and book reviews that foster open debate through criticism, research and commentary from across the social sciences and humanities.

The journal provides a forum for work with a pronounced dialectical approach to social theory and political practice for scholars and activists working in Marxist and broadly political-economic traditions, and those who wish to be in dialogue or debate with these traditions.

Since its founding by Stanley Diamond 1975, Dialectical Anthropology has been dedicated to the transformation of class society through internationalizing conversations about the stakes of contemporary crises and the means for social change. For three decades, the pages of the journal have provided space for comment, criticism, agreement, and disagreement about significant issues of our times.

Dialectical Anthropology is committed to reaching beyond an Anglophone readership via submissions, dialogue and active participation in languages other than English, and an editorial policy that promotes collaborations beyond the traditional concerns of Western academics.

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SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.609

174 out of 263 on the Arts and Humanities (Misc) list

528 out of 1111 on the Sociology and Political Science list

137 out of 357 on the Anthropology list

SJR is a measure of the journal’s relative impact in its field, based on its number of citations and number of articles per publication year.

Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.697

The SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa.

CiteScore 2018: 0.62

  • An international journal for critical minds in anthropology, the arts and humanities, and social and political sciences
  • A major contributor to the radical literature of our time
  • Publishes social critiques of every aspect of contemporary civilization
  • Includes essays, reviews, memoirs and more

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  • Winnie Lem,
  • Anthony Marcus
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73 days
Submission to first decision
88 days
Submission to acceptance
109,349 (2020)

Latest issue

Volume 45

Issue 1, March 2021

Special Issue: Value and Politics

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This journal has 36 open access articles

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  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Special Issue Proposal - Call for Papers

    This special issue calls for papers that engage the labor theory of value from anthropological perspectives.

    Manuscript length:

    Approximately 7,000 words including notes and bibliography.

    Due Dates:

    Abstract: 04 Dec 2020

    Full Version: 01 February 2021

    Please indicate your interest by contacting:

    Guest editor:

    Luis Angosto-Ferrandez, University of Sydney, email: luis.angosto-ferrandez@sydney.eu.au

  • Guidelines for Special Issue/Themed Section Proposals

    Dialectical Anthropology (DA) welcomes proposals for Special Issues/ Themed Sections. Please submit a proposal of approximately 300 words to Editors with a title and outline of the aims of the issue/section. The proposal should also include a list of potential topics within the theme that will be covered and if possible, potential authors. The proposal will be reviewed by editors.The coordinators of the accepted proposal will be invited to serve as guest editors. If needed, a call for papers will be posted on the DA website with guidelines for potential authors.Each issue of Dialectical Anthropology will also include volunteered papers.

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