Volume 59, #2 // April 2017

About CSSH
Comparative Studies in Society and History (CSSH) is a forum for new research and interpretation concerning problems of recurrent patterning and change in human societies through time and in the contemporary world. Now in its fifty-ninth year, CSSH sets up a working alliance among specialists in all branches of the social sciences and humanities. Review articles and discussions bring readers into touch with current findings and issues.

Current Issue
Issue 59-2 features essays under the following rubrics: Land and Labor Regimes; Visual Politics; National Emotions; History And Sociology: Conditions Of Interdisciplinarity.

More Thoughts on Resistance and Refusal: A Conversation with Sherry Ortner

In 1995, Sherry Ortner published an essay in CSSH that continues to attract readers today. “Resistance and the Problem of Ethnographic Refusal” (37/1: 173-193), explored a trend, emergent at the time, in which resistance-oriented scholars were abandoning fine-grained accounts of local, subaltern worlds for critical analysis of external, impinging powers: the empire, the state, the…

Under the Rubric: Land and Labor Regimes

CSSH has a longstanding tradition of juxtaposing essays for comparative effect. Our readers enjoy this ritual, but we often wonder what our authors think of it. Under the Rubric gives CSSH authors a chance to respond directly to each other’s work, drawing additional insight and inspiration from their arguments. Land and Labor Regimes TANIA LI,…

Reflections of a Novice Spelunker in the Archives

In her CSSH essay, “Determining Emotions and the Burden of Proof in Investigative Commissions to Palestine,” Lori Allen explores the long history of investigative commissions to Palestine. In her reflections below, she talks about how she conducted her research and the special challenges she faced as an ethnographer in the archives.   As a novice…

Kudos

Bjørn Thomassen (CSSH 53-4, 2012, “Notes towards an Anthropology of Political Revolutions“) has coauthored a new book (with Rosario Forlenza), Italian Modernities: Competing Narratives of Nationhood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). The press website describes the book as follows: This book argues that Italy represents a privileged entry point into the comparative analysis of ideologies and experiences…

Things I’ve learned from working at CSSH, or How to Interact with a Top-Tier Academic Journal

Many CSSH editorial assistants are world-class ethnographers. In 2010, Laura Brown proved she was one of these gifted observers. As a teaching guide for her successors and as parting counsel to manuscript submitters (and reviewers) everywhere, she produced the following account of how things work at CSSH. Known in-house as “The Brown Rules,” it is…