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Anthropology Southern Africa

0.6 (2022) Impact Factor
0.6 (2022) 5-year IF

1.0 (2022) CiteScore

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 South African Journal of 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.



Leah Junck (African Observatory on Responsible AI), South Africa
Efua Prah (University of Johannesburg), South Africa
Tarminder Kaur (University of Johannesburg), South Africa  

Book Review Editor

Hameedah Parker (University of the Western Cape), South Africa


Juliana Braz Dias (University of Brasilia), Brazil

Editorial Board

Sophie Chevalier (Université de Picardie Jules Verne), France
Teresa Connor (University of Fort Hare), South Africa
Sylvia Croese (University of California-Irvine), USA
Gregor Dobler (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), Germany
Joost Fontein (University of Johannesburg), South Africa
Divine Fuh (University of Cape Town), South Africa
Claudia Gastrow (University of Johannesburg), South Africa
Kelly Gillespie (University of the Western Cape), South Africa
Simbarashe Gukurume (Sol Plaatje University), South Africa
Pamila Gupta (University of the Free State), South Africa
Rita Kesselring (University of Basel), Switzerland
Thomas Kirsch (Universität Konstanz), Germany
Gilson Lázaro (Agostinho Neto University), Angola
Lenore Manderson (University of the Witwatersrand), South Africa
Sandra Manuel (Eduardo Mondlane University), Mozambique
Godfrey Maringira (Sol Plaatje University), South Africa
Fraser McNeill (University of Pretoria), South Africa
Katerina Mildnerova (Palacky University), Czech Republic
Sethunya Mosime (University of Botswana), Botswana
Maheshvari Naidu (University of KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa
Romie Nghitevelekwa (University of Namibia), Namibia
Julia Pauli (University of Hamburg), Germany
Octavia Sibanda (For Hare University), South Africa
Shaheed Tayob (Stellenbosch University), South Africa
Christian Williams (University of the Free State), South Africa

Honorary Editorial Board members

Jean Comaroff (Harvard University), USA
James Ferguson (Stanford University),  USA
Francis Nyamnjoh (University of Cape Town), South Africa
Ross Parsons (Africa University, retired), Zimbabwe
Andrew “Mugsy” Spiegel (University of Cape Town), South Africa
Richard Werbner (University of Manchester), UK

Publishing Manager: Dr Kelly-Anne Frith, NISC (Pty) Ltd.


Latest Issue

Volume 47, Issue 1, 2024: Hope, vaccines and sociocultural and political responses to Covid-19 in Southern Africa

Research Article

Vacillating vaccines: responses to Covid-19 in the United States and South Africa
Author(s): Theodore Powers Anthropology, University of Iowa, United States of America , Jimmy Pieterse University of Pretoria, South Africa
Pages: 6–19
Covid-19 infection as ritual process in Venda, South Africa
Author(s): Fraser G. McNeill University of Pretoria, South Africa
Pages: 32–45
Continuity and discontinuity of rituals: Covid-19 pandemic in Southern Africa
Author(s): Tamia Botes University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa , Zikhona Ngqula University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa , Bopane Rampeta National University of Lesotho, Lesotho , Thulani Baloyi University of Johannesburg, South Africa , Chanda Penda University of Zambia, Zambia
Pages: 59–72


“The issues still persist”: a roundtable discussion of perpetual crisis, the massification of grief and joyful black futures
Author(s): Lwanda Maqwelane Rhodes University, South Africa , Abongile Nkamisa University of Cape Town, South Africa , Candice Sehoma , South Africa , Kharnita Mohamed Anthropology, University of Cape Town, South Africa , Gcobani Qambela University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Pages: 85–94


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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 also 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.

This journal uses the Electronic Copyright System ECS and emails with the link to confirm the authors copyright requirements will be sent separately when their article enters production. 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. 

Manuscripts can be submitted on the Taylor & Francis Submissions Portal at Queries can be directed to the editorial assistant at 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. 

Page fees for authors at South African institutions
Anthropology Southern Africa (ASA) is on the DHET list of accredited journals. The Anthropology Southern Africa (ASNA) association will request page fees for articles written by researchers attached to South African academic institutions from earnings on research outputs to help sustain the journal’s operations. Authors are not expected to pay for their articles themselves, but should approach their university to do so on their behalf. Supervisors should do so on behalf of their postgraduate students. The journal’s acceptance of contributions for publication does not depend, however, on the willingness of institutions to pay. Page fees are ZAR226 per page. In co-authored papers, authors are invoiced according to their share of the authorship (e.g. half each for two authors). Page fees are invoiced by ASNA afterpublication of the paper.

Free online access
All authors will receive free online access to their article through Taylor & Francis Online, an electronic offprint and a complimentary copy of the issue containing their article. 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 at:

Format of manuscripts
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.
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.
Commentaries should be up to 3 000 words. They are reviewed by the editors and published at their discretion.
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). 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.

For articles, book reviews and short communications: the first 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 email and postal address of the first author if this differs from the first author’s institutional address.
• Word count
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. Acknowledgements, notes and a reference list should be placed at the end of the article.

Style guidelines
Manuscripts should be written in clear English (UK spelling). 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 at
The journal uses the Chicago Author-Date referencing style, available at
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.



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