TSANTSA 28/2022 Anthropological Knowledge Production and Power Relations will be published in autumn 2022

The relationship between knowledge production and power has been a topic of anthropological debate and inquiry for several decades. In particular subalternised voices, for example of feminists, othered or indigenous people, have raised awareness of this very critical relationship. While these voices have contributed to epistemological reorientations, further decolonialisation remains a necessity, both with regard to anthropological knowledge and the way it is taught and produced. One main challenge is therefore to consider the places where knowledge is produced from an epistemological perspective, in order to highlight its situated character and how it is linked to specific systems of values and norms. This allows for a more detailed understanding of what constitutes the subjectivities whose narratives are discredited.

This special issue proposes to deepen the reflection on the links between knowledge and power by linking them to current challenges that concern both the studied topics by anthropologists and the ways of apprehending them. It draws on epistemologies that consider knowledge as situated, by looking at the ways in which individuals question, accept, and/or subvert power relations, as well as at the conditions of anthropological knowledge production. It brings together articles that, from a place of specific observation and enunciation, will shed light on academic knowledge production and power. It does so from an intersectional perspective that takes into consideration, among other things, the interweaving of systems of gender, class, race, ability, age. By drawing on empirical material, contributions reflect the plurality of situations and positions of individuals as ‘subjects’.


TSANTSA 29/2022 The law of the outlaw: Law and order in, with, and beyond criminal groups will be published in spring2023

If Anthropology has produced an important corpus of works on law, there has been little research on the relationship between the law as a heuristic category and criminal groups such as gangs, mafia or triads. Most representations of such criminal groups tend to regard them as being outside the law, if not in active opposition against the established order.

This special issue adopts Wittgenstein’s notion of “family resemblance” as a starting point, and regards “law” as a heuristically loose category of phenomena. The special issue seeks to interrogate the relation between law and different types of criminal and criminalized groups in a reflexive and holistic manner. More specifically, contributions will explore the relationship between criminal groups and the law in at least three different ways: (1) the law within criminal groups, (2) the law of criminal groups within the local communities in which they are embedded, (3) and the relations between criminal groups’ law and the state’s law. The first issue pertains to the presence of a body of rules, norms or laws, whether systematized or not, within criminal groups. The second aspect focuses on the ways criminal societies establish order within the communities they are part of. Finally, the third element explores the ways criminal groups’ laws interact, oppose, or enter into dialogue with the laws of the state. Hence, articles are equally interested in informal norms, unwritten codes, as well as more formal laws, and propose an understanding of law that encompasses multiple areas of life and serves different functions.