Anthropology Southern Africa

ISSN: 2332-3256 (Print)
            2332-3264 (Online)
Publication frequency: 4 issues per year

Impact Factor: 0.535 (2016)
5-year Impact Factor: 0.576 (2016)

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)

Official Publication of Anthropology Southern AfricaCo-published with RoutledgeClick here for Open Access options on this journal

Aims & Scope

Anthropology Southern Africa is the peer-reviewed journal of the Anthropology Southern Africa association. Formerly the Journal of South African Ethnology (1994–2001), the journal changed name and focus in 2002. The journal aims to promote anthropology in southern Africa, to support ethnographic and theoretical research, and to provide voices to public debates. Anthropology Southern Africa is committed to contemporary perspectives in social and cultural anthropology and in relevant interdisciplinary scholarship. It looks at the current conditions in southern African, African and global societies, taking into consideration varied challenges such as the politics of difference, or poverty and dignity. We have recently published on topics, which include, among others, cities and urbanism, new religious movements, popular culture, social media, neoliberalism, nationalism, racism, social memory, protests and social movements, health and illness, or human rights. The journal publishes work on and from southern Africa including Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We occasionally publish material on and from other countries, where this is deemed relevant for southern African perspectives.

Anthropology Southern Africa is firmly based within the region while also reaching out and attracting work by a range of regional and international scholars, who are committed to southern African scholarship. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research articles, book reviews, commentary, and other material relevant to engaged scholarly discourse within and outside Anthropology. The journal is listed in the Thomson Reuters Social Science Citation Index.



Shannon Morreira (University of Cape Town)
Sandra Manuel (Eduardo Mondlane University)
Ilana Van Wyk (University of Cape Town)

Social Media Adviser

Marlon Swai (University of Cape Town)

Editorial Board

Heike Becker (University of the Western Cape)
Antonadia Borges (Universidade de Brasilia)
Rose Boswell (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
Jean Comaroff (Harvard University)
Gregor Dobler (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
William Ellis (University of the Western Cape)
James Ferguson (Stanford University)
Jude Fokwang (Regis University)
Kelly Gillespie (University of the Witwatersrand)
Euclides Goncalves (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane)
Andre Goodrich (North West University)
Robert Gordon (University of Vermont/ University of the Free State)
Alcinda Honwana (The Open University)
Deborah James (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Thomas Kirsch (Universität Konstanz)
Fraser McNeill (University of Pretoria)
Nolwazi Mkhwanazi (University of the Witwatersrand)
Maheshvari Naidu (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Zolani Ngwane (Haverford College)
Francis Nyamnjoh (University of Cape Town)
Joy Owen (Rhodes University)
Ross Parsons (Africa University)
Fiona Ross (University of Cape Town)
Owen Sichone (Copperbelt University)
Andrew ‘Mugsy’ Spiegel (University of Cape Town)
Antonio Tomas (Stellenbosch University)
Richard Werbner (University of Manchester)
Christian Williams (University of the Free State)

Latest Issue

Volume 40, Issue 4, 2017: Becoming and unbecoming farm workers in Southern Africa. Guest Editors: Maxim Bolt and Tarminder Kaur


Becoming and unbecoming farm workers in Southern Africa
Author(s): Maxim BoltDepartment of African Studies and Anthropology, United Kingdom
Pages: 241–247
Farm worker identities contested and reimagined: gender, race/ethnicity and nationality in the post-strike moment
Author(s): Åsa ErikssonDepartment of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Sweden
Pages: 248–260
“Taming” Bushman farm labour: a villeinous era in neo-feudal Namibia?
Author(s): Robert GordonAnthropology Department, South Africa
Pages: 261–275
(Un)becoming Mountain Tigers Football Club: an ethnography of sports among the Western Cape’s farm workers
Author(s): Tarminder KaurInstitute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University of the Free State, South Africa
Pages: 290–302

Book Review

Ordered estates: welfare, power and maternalism on Zimbabwe’s (once white) highveld
Author(s): Tarminder KaurInstitute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University of the Free State, South Africa
Pages: 320–322


Pages: 323–323


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Instructions for Authors

More detailed instructions can be found on the journal’s website.  

Editorial Policy: Anthropology Southern Africa (ASA) welcomes the submission of papers based on original research that deal with broadly defined anthropological issues in Southern Africa. Preference is given to submissions presenting new empirical material and novel theoretical or methodological directions in the region. Authors are encouraged to write in a style accessible to non-specialists. 

Submissions are considered for publication on the understanding that the author offers ASA an exclusive option to publish and that the paper is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All our research articles are refereed and we endeavour to ensure that the review process is completed within a three-month period. The views and opinions expressed in papers are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the journal or its editors.

Anthropology Southern Africa accepts reviews of recently published ethnographies, edited volumes or books that deal with issues in Southern Africa. We prioritise reviews of books by members of the Anthropology Southern Africa association and ethnographies sited in Africa. We occasionally publish commentaries that further the discussion of important topics.

Copyright: To assure the integrity, dissemination, and protection against copyright infringement of published articles, you will be asked to assign us, via a Publishing Agreement, the copyright in your article. Your Article is defined as the final, definitive, and citable Version of Record, and includes: (a) the accepted manuscript in its final form, including the abstract, text, bibliography, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material hosted by Taylor & Francis. Our Publishing Agreement with you will constitute the entire agreement and the sole understanding between you and us; no amendment, addendum, or other communication will be taken into account when interpreting your and our rights and obligations under this Agreement.

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted through the online ScholarOne system here. New authors will be required to register first. Papers should be in Microsoft Word compatible format. All papers are submitted to at least two referees for evaluation. Manuscripts may be returned to authors for revision, or if style or presentation do not comply with the standards of the Journal. Queries can be directed to the editorial assistant at this email address

Authors assume full responsibility for the factual correctness of their contributions. Authors are also responsible for the accuracy of language, grammar and syntax, etc., of their contributions and must be prepared to have the language editing of their contributions done independently if necessary.


Format: Research articles should be no longer than 8 000 words (including the abstract, all figures, references and notes). Photographs and other figures should be submitted as separate files saved (in order of preference) in PSD, JPEG, PDF or EPS format. Graphs, charts or maps can be saved in AI, PDF or EPS format. MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also acceptable but do not embed these in your manuscript – send the original files. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain the necessary permissions for visuals originating from published sources or from another party.

You can request a template from the editorial assistant via email

Manuscripts need to be uploaded as two documents: (i) a title page (see details below under “Layout”); (ii) full anonymised manuscript: please remove identification of the author(s) in the document properties; please remove any references by the authors in the reference list with the text “Author 1”, “Author 2”, etc., and adjust the associated in-text references; please remove any information in the acknowledgements that could indicate the identity of the author. You are welcome to upload a manuscript containing all author details for reference by the editors.

Book reviews should not exceed 1 500 words and must include: name and surname of author, date of publication, book title, place of publication, publisher, length of the book and published price. Please note when uploading that book reviews need to be labelled as “anonymised” manuscript, even if this is not the case.

Commentaries should be up to 3 000 words. They are reviewed by the editors and published at their discretion. Please note when uploading that commentaries need to be labelled as “anonymised” manuscript, even if this is not the case.

Special themed sections: The submission of proposals for special themed sections is welcomed. Organisers or special editors of these sections should send a brief proposal, including a section abstract (200–300 words), a list of contributors and titles, and very brief abstracts of each contribution (100 words each) to the editorial assistant. Include full contact details of the corresponding author. The editorial team will evaluate such proposals and endeavour to liaise with the proposed special editor within a month of the proposal submission.

Layout: For articles, book reviews and short communications: the first page (in the case of articles, the title page) must contain the following, in sequence:

  • Title of the contribution: Titles must not be longer than 15 words, and must contain sufficient information for use in title lists or for coding purposes to store or retrieve information.
  • The surname and initials of every author.
  • The name and complete postal address of the university/institution of each author.
  • Current e-mail and complete postal address of the first author if this differs from the first author’s institutional address.

Abstracts and keywords: Articles and short communications require an abstract and keywords. For articles, abstracts (length approx. 150 words) must reflect the contents of the text faithfully and concisely, and be suitable for separate publication and indexing. Abstracts of short communications must be limited to one or two sentences. Each contribution must include six to eight keywords.

Text: Pages must be numbered sequentially. Headings should not be numbered or underlined, but main headings and secondary headings must be distinguished from each other, e.g. by case, bold, font, etc. Avoid footnotes, although endnotes may be used.

Style guidelines:
Manuscripts should be written in clear English (UK spelling)with –ise endings. Consult the Oxford English Dictionary for spelling, capitalisation, hyphenation and abbreviation conventions. Please consult a recent copy of the journal for general style conventions. A detailed style guide is available here. Acknowledgements, notes and a reference list should be placed at the end of the article. The journal uses the Chicago Author-Date referencing style, available here. Some reference exemplars are shown below.

In-text references References to publications should be included in the text, not in footnotes. They should be given by the name of the author, the year of publication, and the page number, e.g.: “... as Sapir has noted (1921, 39) ...”

Book Wolpe, H. 1988. Race, Class and the Apartheid State. Trenton: Africa World Press.
Chapter in book Okley, J. 1992. “Anthropology and Autobiography: Participatory Experience and Embodied Knowledge.” In Anthropology and Autobiography, edited by J. Okley and H. Callaway, 1–28. London: Routledge.
Edited work Tonkin, E., M. McDonald, and M. Chapman, eds. 1989. History and Ethnicity. London: Routledge.
Reprinted work Schmitt, C. (1932) 2007. The Concept of the Political. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Journal article Comaroff, J., and J.L. Comaroff. 2004. “Criminal Justice, Cultural Justice: The Limits of Liberalism and the Pragmatics of Difference in the new South Africa.” American Anthropologist 3 (2): 188–204.
Website Eyene, C. 2013. “An Interview with Mary Sibande.” art lab/art news.

Free online access: All authors will receive free online access to their article through Taylor & Francis Online, and 50 electronic e-prints to distribute as they so choose. Reprints of articles published in Anthropology Southern Africa can be purchased through Rightslink when proofs are received or alternatively on our journal’s website. If you have any queries, please email our reprints department.


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