Current Issue

Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford-online 

In association with 
School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (University of Oxford)
Oxford University Anthropology Society

New Series, Volume XV (2023)

Special issue: Uncertainty and survivance: what remains after the crisis?

  • Guest editor: Wesam Hassan


(ISSN: 2040-1876)

© Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, 51 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE, UK. 2023. All rights reserved in accordance with online instructions.

NB: Copyright for all articles, reviews and other authored items in this issue falls under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence (see

Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford Online

ISSN: 2040-1876 New Series, Volume XV (2023)


CONTENTS (also available as a Word file)

Wesam Hassan, Introduction - Uncertainty and survivance: what remains after the crisis?, 4-14 (Word version)


1 Naomi Marshall, Context matters: utilising Vizenor’s theory of Native survivance to explain experiences of genetic difference in England and Wales, 15-30 (Word version)

2 Alexia Liakounakou, Bodies-in-crisis: beauty, narrative, and the management of dispersal, 31-46 (Word version)

3 Molly Acheson, Austerity as disabling: the state and uncertainty in the futures of children with disabilities, 47-68 (Word version)

4 Wesam Hassan, The phantasm of luck: a precariat’s notion of survivance in Istanbul, 69-90 (Word version)

5 Mariz Kelada, Media’s street politics: invisible infrastructures of filming in Cairo, 91-113 (Word version)

6 Freya Hope, ‘There will always be Travellers’: certainty as survivance in a new alternative world?, 114-133 (Word version)

7 Sanne Rotmeijer, The lottery of life: practices of survivance, future orientation, and everyday news routines on a Dutch Caribbean island, 134-153 (Word version)

8 Julio Rodríguez Stimson, Farming paradise: COVID-19 and the coexistential rift, 154-177 (Word version)

9 Akira Shah, Digital ethnography in COVID-19: improvisation and intimacy, 178-193 (Word version)

10 Peyton Cherry, Under pressure and voicing up: Japanese youth tackling gender issues, 194-217 (Word version)

11 Gilda Borriello, Chasing possible futures: refugee entrepreneurs navigating uncertainty, 218-242 (Word version)

12 Gabrielle Maria Masi, Turning uncertainty into risk: cultural heritage and Western subjectivity models among unsuccessful return migrants of the Central Mediterranean route (Velingara, Senegal), 243-261 (Word version)

13 Chloe Mei Yee Wong-Mersereau, Conjuring the crisis-imaginary: critical discourse analysis and auto-ethnographic reflections on the Canadian Red Cross, 262-281 (Word version)


Book reviews

Camelia Dewan. Misreading the Bengal Delta: climate change, development, and livelihoods in coastal Bangladesh. Seattle: University of Washington Press 2022, 245 p. ISBN 9780295749617, reviewed by Aishwarya Mukhopadhyay, 282-283 (Word version)

Philip A. Clarke. Aboriginal peoples and birds in Australia: historical and cultural relationships. Clayton: CSIRO publishing 2023. 344 p. ISBN 9781486315970, reviewed by Daniel A. Villar, 284-286 (Word version)

Gwen Burnyeat. The face of peace: government pedagogy amid disinformation in Colombia. Chicago: University of Chicago Press 2022. 320 p. ISBN: 9780226821627, reviewed by David Gellner, 287-289 (Word version)

Peter Metcalf. The anthropology of religion and the worlds of the independent thinkers. London: Routledge 2023. 216 p. ISBN: 1000782387, reviewed by David Zeitlyn, 290-291 (Word version)

Juan Manuel Del Nido. Taxis vs. Ubers: courts, markets, and technology in Buenos Aires. Stanford: Stanford University Press 2021. 256 p. ISBN: 9781503611528, reviewed by Hongshan Wang, 292-294 (Word version)

Gaye Sculthorpe, Maria Nugent, and Howard Morphy (eds.) Ancestors, artefacts, empire: Indigenous Australia in British and Irish museums. London: British Museum Press 2021. 247 p. ISBN: 9780714124902, reviewed by Jack Norris, 295-297 (Word version)

Arnd Schneider. Expanded visions: a new anthropology of the moving image. London and New York: Routledge 2021. 194 p. ISBN: 9780367253684, reviewed by Jordan Gorenberg, 298-300 (Word version)

Carol V. McKinney. Baranzan’s people: an ethnohistory of the Bajju of the Middle Belt of Nigeria. Dallas: SIL International 2019. 265 p. ISBN: 9781556713996, reviewed by Kefas Lamak, 301-302 (Word version)

Luiz Bolognesi. The last forest. Santa Monica: Laemmle Monica Film Center 2021. 76 minutes, colour, reviewed by Maria Murad, 303-304 (Word version)

Robert O’Mochain and Yuki Ueno. Sexual abuse and education in Japan: in the (inter) national shadows. Abingdon: Routledge 2022. 222 p. ISBN: 9781032310237, reviewed by Peyton Cherry, 305-307 (Word version)

Francesca Sobande and Layla-Roxanne Hill. Black oot here: Black lives in Scotland. London: Bloomsbury Academic 2022. 248 p. ISBN: 9781913441333, reviewed by Riya Gosrani, 308-309 (Word version)

Nobuhiro Kishigami (ed.) World whaling: historical and contemporary studies. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology [Senri Ethnological Series 104] 2021. 358 p. ISBN: 978-4-906962-87-7, reviewed by Róisín Kennelly, 310-312 (Word version)

Jeremy Adler and Richard Fardon. Franz Baermann Steiner: a stranger in the world. London and New York: Berghahn 2021. 290 p. ISBN: 9781800732704, reviewed by Shannon Lin, 313-314 (Word version)


Download the whole issue as a PDF.

For notification of when a new issue appears we suggest readers use Changedetect.