John Lionel Comaroff

Social Sciences (Anthropology)

J Y Pillay Visiting Professor

Email: jlc@yale-nus.edu.sg

Professor John Comaroff is Hugh K Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology at Harvard University. He is also the Oppenheimer Research Fellow in African Studies at Harvard, an Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, an Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation and, until 2012, the Harold H Swift Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Educated at the University of Cape Town (BA, 1966) and the London School of Economics, University of London (PhD, 1973), his current research in South Africa, the country of his birth, is on crime, policing, personhood, and the workings of the state; democracy and difference; precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial politics and law. In the past he has done research and/or written on colonialism, ethnicity and identity, African economy, society, religion, and culture, specialising on the Tswana peoples of southern Africa.

Social and cultural anthropology
Historical anthropology
Social theory
African studies
Political and legal anthropology

Books and Monographs:

1973 [ed] The Diary of Sol T. Plaatje: An African at Mafeking. Johannesburg and London: Macmillan.

1977 The Structure of Agricultural Transformation in Barolong. Gaborone: Botswana Government Printer.

1980 [ed] The Meaning of Marriage Payments. London & New York: Academic Press.

1981a [ed, with E.J. Krige] Essays on African Marriage in Southern Africa. Cape Town: Juta.

1981b [with S.A. Roberts] Rules and Processes: The Cultural Logic of Dispute in an African Context. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1989 [ed] Mafeking Diary: A Black Man’s View of a White Man’s War, Sol T. Plaatje. [Revised edition of The Boer War Diary of Sol T. Plaatje, 1973.] Johannesburg: Southern Books; Bloomington, IA: Indiana University Press; London: James Currey in association with Meridor Books.

1991a [with I. Schapera] The Tswana. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. [A revised edition of The Tswana, by I. Schapera, 1953, with additional chapters.] Re-issued as a Routledge Revival, 2015.

1991b [with J. Comaroff] Of Revelation and Revolution, Volume I, Christianity and Colonialism in South Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1992 [with J. Comaroff] Ethnography and the Historical Imagination. Boulder: Westview Press.

1993a [ed, with J. Comaroff] Modernity and its Malcontents: Ritual and Power in Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1993b [ed, with Paul C. Stern] Perspectives on Nationalism and War. New York: New School for Social Research, Center for Studies of Social Change. [Working Paper Series.]

1995 [ed, with Paul C. Stern] Perspectives on Nationalism and War. Luxembourg: Gordon & Breach. [Republication of 1993b.]

1997 [with J. Comaroff] Of Revelation and Revolution, Volume II, The Dialectics of Modernity on a South African Frontier. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1999a [ed, with J. Comaroff] Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa: Critical Perspectives, Problems, Paradoxes. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1999b [ed, with B. Willan] Mafeking Diary: A Black Man’s View of a White Man’s War, Sol T. Plaatje. [Centenial revised edition.] London: James Currey.

2000 [ed, with J. Comaroff] Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism. Special Edition of Public Culture, 12(2), Millennial Quartet, Volume 3.

2001 [ed, with J. Comaroff] Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism. Raleigh, N.C: Duke University Press. [Book version of Comaroff and Comaroff, 2000.]

2006a [ed, with J. Comaroff] Law and Disorder in the Postcolony. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2006b [with J, Comaroff] An Excursion into the Criminal Anthropology of the Brave Neo South Africa. Berlin: Lit Verlag. [Booklet.]

2007a [ed, with J. Comaroff and D.A. James] Picturing a Colonial Past: The African Photographs of Isaac Schapera. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2007b [with J. Comaroff] La Violència I La Llei A La Postcolònia/Violence and the Law in the Postcolony: A Reflection on North-South Complicities. [Booklet in Spanish and English.] Barcelona: Centre of Contemporary Culture, Barcelona/Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona.

2009a [with J. Comaroff] Ethnicity, Inc. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Also published in Spanish and Polish translations (see below) and, excerpted, in Czech, in Ethnicity Reader, (ed.) Marek Jakoubek (Sociologické nakladatelství [SLON], Prague, 2012).

2009b [with J. Comaroff] Dixit: Violencia y ley en la poscolonia: una reflexión sobre las complicidades Norte-Sur. Buenos Aires y Madrid: Katz Barpal Editores [en coedición con el Centro de Cultura Contempornea de Barcelona].

2010a [with J. Comaroff] Zombies et frontières à l’ère néolibérale. Le cas de l’Afrique du Sud postcoloniale [Zombies and Frontiers in the Age of Neoliberalism: The Case of Postcolonial South Africa]. Paris: Les Prairies ordinaires.

2011a [with J. Comaroff] Theory from the South: Or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. [South African edition published by SUN MeDIA, Stellenbosch, 2014.]

2011b [with J. Comaroff] Etnicidad S.A. Spanish edition of Ethnicity, Inc. (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Buenos Aires: Katz Editores.

2012a [with J. Comaroff] Etniczność sp. z o.o. Polish edition of Ethnicity, Inc. (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press.

2012b [with J. Comaroff] Der Süden als Vorreiter der Globalisierung: Neue Postcoloniale Perspektiven. German edition of Theory from the South (Paradigm Publishers, 2011). Frankfurt: Campus Verlaf.

2013 [with J. Comaroff] Teoría desde el sur: O cómo los países centrales evolucion hacia África, translated by Alejandro Grimson. Spanish edition of Theory from the South (Paradigm Publishers, 2011). Buenos Aires: Siglo veintiuno editores.

2016a [with S.A. Roberts] Chinese edition of Rules and Processes: The Cultural Logic of Dispute in an African Context (University of Chicago Press, 1981). Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press.

2016b [with J. Comaroff] The Truth about Crime: Knowledge, Sovereignty, Social Order. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2017 [with J. Comaroff] The Truth about Crime: Knowledge, Sovereignty, Social Order. Johannesburg: Wits University Press. [South African edition of 2016b.]

2018 [ed. with Jean Comaroff] The Politics of Custom: Chiefs, Capital, and the State in Contemporary Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2020a [ed. with George Paul Meiu and Jean Comaroff] Ethnicity, Commodity, In/corporation. [In press, Indiana University Press.]

2019 [with J. Comaroff] Teoria dal Sud del Mondo: Ovvero, come l’EuroAmerica sta Evolvendo verso l’Africa. Italian edition of Theory from the South (Paradigm Publishers, 2011). Torino: Rosemberg & Sellier.

Papers: 

1973 The Peoples of Southern Africa. In Peoples of the Earth, Vol.IX (Southern Africa), (ed.) Maurice Bloch. London: Danbury Press.

1974 Chiefship in a South African `Homeland’. Journal of Southern African Studies, 1(1):36-51.

1975a The Case for a General Ethnography: Southern Bantu Perspectives. African Studies, 34(2):147-57.

1975b Talking Politics: Oratory and Authority in a Tswana Chiefdom. In Political Language and Oratory in Traditional Societies, (ed.) Maurice Bloch. London & New York: Academic Press.

1976a Tswana Transformations, 1953-73. In I. Schapera, The Tswana. [Supplementary chapter to the 1976 edition.] London: International African Institute.

1976b [with A.P. Cohen] The Management of Meaning: On the phenomenology of Political Transactions. In Transaction and Meaning: Directions in the Anthropology of Exchange and Symbolic Behavior, (ed.) Bruce Kapferer. Philadelphia: ISHI.

1976b The Tswana. Family of Man, 7, no.91:2524-2526.

1977a [with S.A. Roberts] The Invocation of Norms in Dispute Settlement: The Tswana Case. In Social Anthropology and Law, (ed.) Ian Hamnett, London: Academic Press.

1977b [with S.A. Roberts] Marriage and Extra-marital Sexuality: The Dialectics of Legal Change among the Kgatla. Journal of African Law, 21(1):97-123.

1978 Rules and Rulers: Political Processes in a Tswana Chiefdom. Man (NS), 13(1):1-20.

1979 [with S.A. Roberts] Chiefly Decision and the Devolution of Property among the Kgatla. In Power in Leadership, (eds.) William Shack and Percy Cohen Oxford: Clarendon Press.

1980a Introduction. In The Meaning of Marriage Payments, (ed.) John L. Comaroff. London & New York: Academic Press.

1980b Bridewealth and the Control of Ambiguity in a Tswana Chiefdom. In The Meaning of Marriage Payments, (ed.) John L. Comaroff. London & New York: Academic Press.

1980c Class and Culture in a Peasant Economy: The Transformation of Land Tenure in Barolong. Journal of African Law, 24(1):85-113. [Republished, 1982, in Land Reform in the Making, (ed.) Richard P. Werbner. London: Rex Collings.]

1981a [with J. Comaroff] The Management of Marriage in a Tswana Chiefdom. In Essays on African Marriage in Southern Africa, (eds.) Eileen Jensen Krige and John L. Comaroff, Cape Town: Juta.

1981b Preface. In Essays on African Marriage in Southern Africa, (eds.) Eileen Jensen Krige and John L. Comaroff, Cape Town: Juta.

1982 Dialectical Systems, History and Anthropology: Units of Study and Questions of Theory. Journal of Southern African Studies, 8(2):143-72.

1983 Barolong Agriculture Revisited: Gross Statistics and Subtle Explanations. In P. Ntseane, D. Narayan-Parker, P. Heisey and J.L. Comaroff, Agriculture Reconsidered. Madison: University of Wisconsin Land Tenure Center & Gaborone: Republic of Botswana, Agricultural Research Unit.

1984 The Closed Society and its Critics: Historical Transformations in the Theory and Practice of African Ethnography. American Ethnologist, 11(3):571-83.

1986 [with J. Comaroff] Christianity and Colonialism in South Africa. American Ethnologist, 13(1):1-22. [Reprinted in Customs in Conflict, (eds.) F. Manning and J-M. Philibert. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 1990; also in Religion in Culture and Society, (ed.) John.R. Bowen. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.]

1987a Of Totemism and Ethnicity: Consciousness, Practice and the Signs of Inequality. Ethnos, 52(3-4):301-23. [Reprinted in Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation, (eds.) R. Grinker and C. Steiner Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1997.]

1987b Sui Genderis: Feminism, Kinship Theory, and Structural Domains.” In Gender and Kinship, (eds.) Jane F. Collier and Sylvia J. Yanagisako Stanford: Stanford University Press.

1987c [with J. Comaroff] The Madman and the Migrant: Work and Labor in the Historical Consciousness of a South African People. American Ethnologist, 14(2):191-209.

1988a [with J. Comaroff] Through the Looking-Glass: Colonial Encounters of the First Kind. Journal of Historical Sociology, 1(1):6-32.

1988b [with J. Comaroff] On the Founding Fathers, Fieldwork, and Functionalism: A Conversation with Isaac Schapera. American Ethnologist, 15(3):554-65.

1989a Images of Empire, Contests of Conscience: Models of Colonial Domination in South Africa. American Ethnologist, 16(4):661-85. [Reprinted in Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World, (eds.) Frederick Cooper and Ann L. Stoler. Berkeley: California University Press, 1997.]

1989b [with J. Comaroff] The Colonization of Consciousness in South Africa. Economy and Society, 18(3):267-95. [Excerpted and reprinted in Religion: A Reader in the Anthropological Tradition, (ed.) Michael Lambek. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001; 2nd edition, 2008.]

1990a [with J. Comaroff] The Historical Anthropology of Apartheid: Some Reflections. Wilder House Working Paper no.5.

1990b [with J. Comaroff] Goodly Beasts and Beastly Goods: Cattle in Tswana Economy and Society. American Ethnologist, 17(2):195-216.

1990c Bourgeois Biography and Colonial Historiography: A Review Essay Dedicated to the late Michael Crowder. Journal of Southern African Studies, 16(3):550-62.

1990d Re-Marx on Repression and the Rule of Law: A Rejoinder to Krygier. Law and Social Inquiry, 15(4):671-78.

1991a Humanity, Ethnicity, Nationality: Conceptual and Comparative Perspectives on the USSR. Theory and Society, 20:661-87.

1991b [with J. Comaroff] How Beasts Lost Their Legs: Cattle in Tswana Economy and Society. In Herders, Warriors, and Traders: The Political Economy of Pastoralism in Africa, (eds.) John G. Galaty and Pierre Bonte Boulder: Westview Press. [Abridged and amended version of “Goodly Beasts and Beastly Goods,” 1990b.]

1992a [with J. Comaroff] Le Fou et le Migrant. Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, 94:41-58. [French translation of 1987c.]

1992b [with J. Comaroff] Home-Made Hegemony: Domesticity, Modernity, and Colonialism in South Africa. In African Encounters with Domesticit., (ed.) K. Hansen New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. [Reprinted in African Gender Studies, (ed.) Oyeronke Oyewumi. Dubuque, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 2001.]

1993a Humanidade, Etnia, Nacionalidade: Perspecticas Conceituais e Comparativas Sobre a URSS. Revista Brasilieria de Ciencias Sociais, n.22 [year 8; June]:62-81. [Portugese version of “Humanity, Ethnicity, Nationality,” 1991.]

1993b [with P. C. Stern] New Perspectives on Nationalism and War. Theory and Society, 23(1): 35-45. [Reprinted in New Perspectives on Nationalism and War, (eds.) John L. Comaroff and Paul C. Stern. Luxembourg: Gordon & Breach, 1995.]

1994a Foreword. In Contested States: Law, Hegemony, and Resistance, (eds.) Mindie Lazarus-Black and Susan F. Hirsch. New York: Routledge.

1994b Etnicidad, Violencia y Politíca de Identidad: Temas Teóricos, Escenas Sudafricanas [Ethnicity, Violence, and the Politics of Identity: Theoretical Themes, South African Scenes]. In Etnicidad y Violencia, (ed.) J. Antonio Fernández de Rota. La Coruña: Universidade da Coruña.

1994c Democracy, Fried Chicken and the Anomic Bomb: A Brief Reflection on the “New” South Africa. Cultural Survival, 18(2/3):34-39.

1994d Natsionalnost’, Etnichnost’, Sovremennost’: Politika Samoosoznania v Kontse XX Veka [Nationality, Ethnicity, Modernity: The Politics of Identity in the Late Twentieth Century. In Etnichnost’ i Vlast’ v Polietnichnyh Gosudarstvah, (ed.) Valery Tishkov [Ethnicity and Power in Multiethnic States.] Moscow: Nauka Press.

1995 The Discourse of Rights in Colonial South Africa: Subjectivity, Sovereignty, Modernity. In Identities, Politics, and Rights, (eds.) Austin Sarat and Thomas R. Kearns. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

1996 Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Politics of Difference in an Age of Revolution. In The Politics of Difference: Ethnic Premises in a World of Power, (eds.) Patrick MacAllister and Edwin Wilmsen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [Also published in Perspectives on Nationalism and War, (eds.) John L. Comaroff and Paul C. Stern. Luxembourg: Gordon and Breach, 1995.]

1997a [with J. Comaroff] Postcolonial Politics and Discourses of Democracy in Southern Africa: An Anthropological Reflection on African Political Modernities. Journal of Anthropological Research, 53(2):123-46.

1997b Legality, Modernity, and Ethnicity in Colonial South Africa: An Excursion in the Historical Anthropology of Law. In Law, Society and Economy: Centenary Essays for the London School of Economics and Political Science 1895-1995, (ed.) R. Rawlings. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

1997c [with J. Comaroff] Africa Observed: Discourses of the Imperial Imagination. In Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation, (eds.) R. Grinker and C. Steiner. Oxford and Cambridge, Mass: Blackwell.

1998a Reflections on the Colonial State, in South Africa and Elsewhere: fragments, factions, facts and fictions. Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, 83:1-50. [Reprinted in Social Identities, 4(3):321-361, 1998; also in Social Identities in the New South Africa, Volume 1, After Apartheid, (ed.) Abebe Zegeye. Cape Town: Kwela Books and South African History Online, 2001.]

1999a [with J. Comaroff] Cultivation, Christianity and Colonialism: Towards a New African Genesis. In The London Missionary Society in Southern Africa: Historical Essays in Celebration of the Bicentenary of the LSM in Southern Africa 1799-1999, (ed.) John De Gruchy Cape Town: David Philip.

1999b [with J. Comaroff] Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction: Notes from the South African Postcolony. American Ethnologist, 26(2): 279-301. [Reprinted in From the Margins: Historical Anthropology and its Futures, (ed.) B. K. Axel. Raleigh: Duke University Press, 2002.]

1999c [with J. Comaroff] Second Thoughts: A Response to Sally Falk Moore. American Ethnologist, 26(3):307-9.

1999d Preface to the Centenary Edition. In Mafeking Diary: A Black Man’s View of a White Man’s War, Sol T. Plaatje, (eds.) John L. Comaroff and Brian Willan. London: James Currey; Cape Town: David Philip.

1999e [with J. Comarof] Cultural Policing in Postcolonial South Africa. American Bar Foundation Working Paper #9902.

1999f [with J. Comaroff] Alien-nation: Zombies, Immigrants, and Millennial Capitalism. Codesria Bulletin, 3/4:17-28. [Reprinted in The South Atlantic Quarterly, Special edition, Enduring Enchantments, (ed.) Saurabh Dube, 101(4):779-805, 2002; also in Anthropology of Religion: Concepts in Religious Studies, (ed.) Phillips Stevens. New York: Routledge, 2010.]

2000a [with J. Comaroff] Millennial Capitalism: First Thoughts on a Second Coming. In Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism. Special Edition of Public Culture, (eds.) John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff, 12(2):291-343. [Reprinted in Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism, (eds.) John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff. Raleigh, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2001; also, as excerpt, in The Anthropology of Development and Globalization: From Classical Political Economy to Contemporary Neoliberalism, (eds.) M. Edelman and A. Haugerud. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.

2000b [with J. Comaroff] Naturing the Nation: Aliens, Apocalypse and the Postcolonial State. Hagar: International Social Science Review, 1(1):7-40.

2000c [with J. Comaroff] Réflexions sur la jeunesse. Du passé à la postcolonie, Politique africaine, 80 [December]:90-110.

2001a [with J. Comaroff] Revelations upon Revelation: after shocks, afterthoughts. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 3(1):100-27. [Special number on Of Revelation and Revolution, Vol. 2. ]

2001b Law, Culture, and Colonialism: a foreword. Law and Social Inquiry, 26(2): 101-110.

2001c [with J. Comaroff] Of Fallacies and Fetishes: A Rejoinder to Donham. American Anthropologist, 103(1):17-27.

2001d [with J. Comaroff] On Personhood: An Anthropological Perspective from Africa. Social Identities, 7(2):267-83. [Reprinted in Die autonome Person – Eine europäische Erfindung, (eds.) K. Koepping, M. Welker, and R. Wiehl. Heidelberg: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2002; also in Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism, (eds.) S. Mrozowski and Rob Preucel. New York: Wiley/Blackwell, 2010, and in Southern Panoramas: Perspectives for Other Geographies of Thought, Portuguese/English, (ed.) Sabrina Moura. Rio de Janeiro: Videobrasil, 2015.]

2001e [with J. Comaroff] Privatizing the Millennium: New Protestant Ethics and the Spirits of Capitalism in Africa, and Elsewhere. Afrika Spectrum, 35(3):
293-312.

2001f [with J. Comaroff] Naturing the Nation: Aliens, Apocalypse and the Postcolonial State. Journal of Southern African Studies, 27(3):627-51. [Reprinted, in revised version, in Social Identities, 7(2):233-65; also, in abbreviated form, in Sovereign Bodies: Citizens, Migrants and States in the Postcolonial World, (eds.) Thomas Blom Hansen and Finn Stepputat. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.]

2001g [with J. Comaroff] Naturalizando a Nação: Estrangeros, Apocalipse E O Estado Pós-Colonial. Horizontes Antropológicos: Antropologia Polítíca, 7, no.15:57-106. [Portuguese translation of 2001f.]

2002a [with H. Bhabha] Speaking of Postcoloniality, in the Continuous Present: A Conversation between Homi Bhabha and John Comaroff. In Relocating Postcolonialism, (eds.) David Theo Goldberg and L.A. Quayson. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

2002b Governmentality, Materiality, Legality, Modernity: On the Colonial State in Africa. In Perspectives on African Modernities, (eds.) Jan-Georg Deutsch, Peter Probst, and Heike Schmidt. London: James Currey.

2002c Foreword. In Fragmented Worlds, Coherent Lives: The Politics of Difference in Botswana, Pnina Motzafi-Haller. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

2002d “Ethnographic Monitoring…”: An Interview with Professor John Comaroff. Panorama [Nizhny Novgorod], 2001, no.4:76-7. [In Russian.]

2002e [with J. Comaroff] Second Comings: Neo-protestant Ethics and Millennial Capitalism in South Africa, and Elsewhere. In 2000 Years and Beyond: Faith, Identity and the Common Era, (ed.) P. Gifford, with D. Archard, T.A. Hart, N. Rapport. London: Routledge.

2002f Out of Control: An Afterword. In Democracy, Law and Social Control in Classical Athens [Demokratie, Recht und soziale Kontrolle im klassichen Athen], (ed.) David J. Cohen. Munich: Verlag Oldenbourg for Historisches Kolleg.

2002g Interview with Jean and John Comaroff. NAB [Newsletter, African Studies, Bayreuth University], 1(1):3-6.

2002h [with J. Comaroff] Millennial Capitalism, Occult Economies, and the Crisis of Reproduction in South Africa: Further Notes from the Postcolony. In Religion and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective, (eds.) S. Ellingson and M.C. Green. New York and London: Routledge.

2002i [with J. Comaroff] Naturalizando la nación: alienígenas, apocalipsis y el estado postcolonial. In Revista de Antropologia Social, 11:91-136. [Spanish translation of 2001f.]

2002j [with J. Comaroff] Hausgemachte Hegemonie. In Jenseits des Eurozentrismus: Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, (eds.) S. Conrad and Shalini Randeria. Frankurt and New York: Campus Verlag. [German translation of 1992b; second edition, 2013.]

2003a [with J. Comaroff] Transparent Fictions, or the Conspiracies of a Liberal Imagination: an afterword. In Transparency and Conspiracy: Ethnographies of Suspicion in the New World Order, (eds.) Harry G. West and Todd Sanders. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

2003b [with J. Comaroff] Ethnography on an Awkward Scale: Postcolonial Anthropology and the Violence of Abstraction. Ethnography 4(2):147-179. [Reprinted in Globalisation and Violence, ( New Delhi: Sage, 2006 and in The Study of Africa, Volume I, Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Encounters, (ed.) Paul Tiyambe Zeleza. Dakar: Codesria, 2007.

2003c [with J. Comaroff] Reflections on Liberalism, Policulturalism, and ID-ology: Citizenship and Difference in South Africa. Social Identities 9(4):445-74. [Reprinted in Limits to Liberation After Apartheid: Culture, Citizenship and Governance, (ed.) Steven Robins. London: James Currey, 2005.]

2004a [with J. Comaroff] Criminal Justice, Cultural Justice: The Limits of Liberalism and the Pragmatics of Difference in the New South Africa. American Ethnologist, 31(2):188-204. [Reprinted in Ethnography and Law, (ed.) Eve Darian-Smith, Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2007; also in American Bar Foundation, Analyzing Law’s Reach: Empirical Research on Law and Society Chicago: American Bar Association, 2008; and in American Ethnologist, Virtual Issue: Ontology in the American Ethnologist, 1980-2014, (eds.) Lucas Besire and David Bond, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com /doi/10.1525/ae.2004.31.2.188/abstract.]

2004b [with J. Comaroff] Criminal Obsessions, After Foucault: Postcoloniality, Policing, and the Metaphysics of Disorder. Critical Inquiry, 30(Summer):800-24.

2004c [with J. Comaroff] Policing Culture, Cultural Policing: Law and Social Order in Postcolonial South Africa. Law and Social Inquiry, 29(3):513-546.

2004d [with J. Comaroff] Notes on Afromodernity and the Neo World Order: An Afterword. In Producing African Futures: Ritual and Reproduction in a Neoliberal Age, (ed.) Brad Weiss. Leiden: Brill.

2004e [with J. Comaroff] The Struggle between the Constitution and `Things African,’ The WISER Review, no. 1[July]:6.

2005a [with J. Comaroff] Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa. In Civil Society: A Reader in History, Theory and Global Politics, (eds.) J. A. Hall and F. Trentmann. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Excerpt of the Introduction to Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa: Critical Perspectives, Problems, Paradoxes, 1999.]

2005b [with J. Comaroff] Reflections on Youth, From the Past to the Postcolony. In Makers and Breakers, Made and Broken: Children And Youth as Emerging Categories in Postcolonial Africa, (eds.) Alcinda Honwana and Filip de Boeck. Oxford: James Currey, Trenton: Africa World Press, Dakar: Codesria. [Reprinted in Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy, (eds.) Greg Downey and Melissa S. Fisher. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2007.].

2005c [with J. Comaroff] Introduction to Of Revelation and Revolution (Volume I), 1991. Excerpted in Anthropology in Theory: Issues in Epistemology, (eds.) Henrietta L. Moore and Todd Sanders. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

2005d [with J. Comaroff] Colonizing Currencies: Cows, Cash, and Commensuration in in South Africa. In Commodification: Things, Agency, and Identities [The Social Life of Things Revisited], (eds.) Wim van Binsbergen and Peter Geschiere. Munster, Germany: LIT.

2005e Notes on Anthropological Method, Mainly in the Key of E. In Report of the Workshop on Interdisciplinary Standards for Systematic Qualitative Research: Cultural Anthropology, Law and Social Science, Political Science, and Sociology Programs. Washington, DC: National Science Foundation. pp.36-40.

2006a [with J. Comaroff] Portraits by the Ethnographer as a Young Man: The Photography of Isaac Schapera in “Old Botswana.” In Anthropology Today, 22(1):9-16.

2006b [with J. Comaroff] Figuring Crime: Quantifacts and the Production of the Unreal. Public Culture, 18(1):209-46.

2006c [with J. Comaroff] Beasts, Banknotes, and the Color of Money in Colonial South Africa. Archaeological Dialogues, 12(2):1-26.

2007a [with J. Comaroff] Ethnizität. In Handbuch Globalisierung Face to Face. 100 Stichworte fuer die Praxis aus Anthropologie und Sozialwissenschaften, (eds) Fernand Kreff, Eva-Maria Knoll, Andre Gingrich. Frankfurt am Main: Edition Suhrkamp. [Rerpinted under the title Ethnizität in Lexikon der Globalisierung, (eds.) Fernand Kreff, Eva-Maria Knoll, and Andre Gingrich. Bieleveld: Transcript, 2011.]

2007b [with J. Comaroff] Popular Justice in the New South Africa: Policing the Boundaries of Freedom. In Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: International Perspectives, (ed.) Tom Tyler. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

2007c [with J. Comaroff] Law and Disorder in the Postcolony. Social Anthropology, 15(2):133-152. [Abridged version of the introduction to Law and Disorder in the Postcolony. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.]

2007d [with J. Comaroff] L’échelle inconfortable de l’ethnographie. Anthropologie postcoloniale et vivolence de l’abstraction, Traverse: Zeitschrift für Geschichte, Revue d’histoire, 2007/3:19-50. [French translation of 2003b.]

2008a [with J. Comaroff] Reflections on the Anthropology of Law, Governance, and Sovereignty. In Rules of Law and Laws of Ruling: On the Governance of Law, (eds.) Franz von Benda Beckman, Keebet von Benda Beckman, and Julia Eckert. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

2008b [with J. Comaroff] Nations With/out Borders: Neoliberalism and the Problem of Belonging in Africa, and Beyond. In Border Crossings – Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt, (ed.) Shalini Randeria. Hochschulforum Band 42. Zurich: vdf. [Reprinted in Tsantsa, Journal of the Swiss Ethnological Society, 7, 2008.].

2008c [with J. Comaroff] Ethnicity. In New South African Keywords, (eds) Nick Shepherd and Steven Robins. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.

2008d [with J. Comaroff] Faith. In New South African Keywords, (eds.) Nick Shepherd and Steven Robins. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.

2008e [with J. Comaroff] Ethnicity, Inc.: On Indigeneity and Its Interpellations. Indiana University: The David Skomp Distinguished Lectures in Anthropology. [Booklet.]

2009a Interview with Jean and John Comaroff, Interviews With Leading Thinkers, Kalman Applebaum (interviewer); video and text at http:// www. alanmacfarlane.com/ DO/filmshow/comaroff_fast.htm.

2009b Reflections on the Rise of Legal Theology: Law and Religion in the 21st Century. Social Analysis 53(1):193-216. [Reprinted in Contemporary Religiosities: Emergent Socialities and the Post-Nation-State, (eds.) Bruce Kapferer, Kari Telle, and Annelin Eriksen. Oxford: Berghahn, 2010.]

2009d Foreword. In A Discourse on Domination in Mandate Palestine: Imperialism, Property and Insurgency, Zeina B. Ghandour. New York: Routledge.

2010a [with K-H. Kohl] Introduction to “In Focus: (Not) The End of Anthropology, Again? Some Thoughts on Disciplinary Futures.” American Anthropologist, 112(4):522-523.

2010b The End of Anthropology, Again: On the Future of an In/discipline. American Anthropologist, 112(4):524-538. [Reprinted in The End of Anthropology? (eds.) Holger Jebens and Karl-Heinz Kohl. Wantage, UK: Sean Kongston Publishing, 2011; also, excerpted, in Anthropology in Theory: Issues in Epistemology, 2nd edition, (eds.) Henrietta L. Moore and Todd Sanders. Chichester, UK: John Wiley and Sons, 2013.]

2010c [with J. Comaroff] Bétail, perles et pièces de monnaie: L’équivalence et les transformations de la monnaie dans les territoires coloniaux d’Afrique du Sud. Anthropologie et sociétés 34(2):21-45. [Translation of 2006c.]

2010d [with J. Comaroff] Etnografia e imaginação histórica. Translated by Iracema Dulley and Olivia Janequine. Proa: Revista de Antropologia e Arte 1(2), November: http://www.ifch.unicamp.br/proa/TraducoesII/ comaroff.html. [Translation of the introduction to Ethnography and the Historical Imagination; Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1992.]

2011a The End of Neoliberalism? What is Left of the Left. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 637(1):141-147 Special edition on Race, Religion, and Democracy, (eds.) John L. Jackson and David Kyuman Kim.

2011b [with C.L. Tomlins] “Law As…”: Theory and Practice in Legal History. Irvine Law Review 1(3):1039-1079.

2011c [with J. Comaroff] The Story of An African Firm. Chimurenga 16, October:http://www.chimurengachronic.co.za/the-story-of-a-south-african-firm/

2012a [with J. Comaroff] Theory from the South: A Rejoinder. In A Forum on Theory from the South: How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa, Cultural Anthropology, March 2, 2012; http://culanth.org/?q=node/502

2012b [with Sindre Bangstand, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, and J. Comaroff] ‘Anthropologists are Talking’: About Anthropology and Post-Apartheid South Africa. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 77(1):115-136.

2012c [with J. Comaroff] Theory from the South: or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa. [Essay version.] Anthropological Forum, 22(2):113-131.

2012d [with J. Comaroff] Foreword: Thinking Anthropologically, About British Anthropology. In Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology, (eds.) Richard Fardon, John Gledhill, Olivia Harris, Trevor Marchand, Mark Nuttall, Chris Shore, Veronica Strang, and Richard Wilson. London: Sage, with the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

2012e The Omnivorous Science: Jean and John Comaroff on the Politics of Anthropology, Capitalism, and Contemporary States [interview by Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrández]. AIBR: Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology, 7(3):271-296; http://www.aibr.org/anthropology/net/issues.php.

2012f [with J. Comaroff] Neo-Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Capitalism: Perspectives from the Social Sciences. In Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions, (ed.) Elias Kifon Bongmba. New York: Blackwell Publishing Company.

2013a Foreword. In Policing and Contemporary Governance: The Anthropology of Police in Practice, (ed.) William Garriott. New York: Palgrave Macmillian.

2013b [with J. Comaroff] Writing Theory from the South: The Global Order from an African Perspective. The World Financial Review, September-October:17-20; http://www.worldfinancialreview.com/?p=3684.

2013c [with J. Comaroff] The Point of Sharp Things. In Gallery of Disorder, (ed.) Helmut Lethen. Vienna: Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften an der Kunstuniversität Linz.

2014a [with J. Comaroff] Ethnicity, Inc.: On the Affective Economy of Belonging. In Corporations and Citizenship, (ed.) Greg Urban. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

2014b [with J. Comaroff] Ficções Investigativas e Soberania: Distantes Aventuras do Policiamento no Mundo Pós-Colonial. Brazilian Social Sciences Review (Revista Brasiliera de Ciências Sociais), 29(no.85).

2014c [with J. Comaroff] O Retorno de Khulekani Khumalo, Cativo de Zumbis: Impostura, Lei, e Paradoxos da Noção de Pessoa na África do Sul Pós-colonial. Significação, Revista de Cultura Audiovisual, 41 (no.42):186-211;http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-7114.sig.2014.90737.

2014d [with J, Comaroff] Sul Concetto di Persona: Una Prospettiva dall’Africa. In Mondi Multipli, Volume 2, Lo Splendore dei Mondi, (ed.) Stefania Consigliere. Naples: Kaiak. [Italian translation of 2001d.]

2015a [with J. Comaroff] Teoria vinda do Sul ou como a Euro-América está a evoluir em direcção a África. ArtAfrica (Universidade de Lisboa), 1/8/2015; http://artafrica.info/html/artigotrimestre/artigo.php?id=41.

2015b Thoughts on Theorizing from the South: An Interview. Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South, 3(1):3-18. Also published in The Johannesburg Salon, 10:30-38; http://jwtc.org.za/volume_10/lisandro _claudio.htm.

2015c [with J.Comaroff] A Silent Tribute to Tata Madiba. Critical Inquiry, 41(2):489-90.

2016a [with J. Comaroff] La détection divine: le crime et la métaphysique du désordre. Cahiers d’Anthropologie Sociale, 13:94-116.

2016b [with J. Comaroff] Nations With/out Borders: Neoliberalism and the Problem of Belonging in Africa, and Beyond. In Border Crossings – Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt, (ed.) Shalini Randeria. Zurich: vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zurich. [New edition of 2008b.]

2016c [with J. Comaroffova] O totemismu a etnicitě. In Teorie etnicicity: Čitanka textů, (ed.) Marek Jakooubek. Prague: Studijní Texty. [Czech translation of Ethnography and the Historical Imagination, 1992, Chapter 2, “Of Totemism and Ethnicity.”]

2016d [with J.Comaroffova] Ethnicita, a.s. In Teorie etnicicity: Čitanka textů, (ed.) Marek Jakooubek. Prague: Studijní Texty. [Czech translation of excerpts from Ethnicity, Inc., 2009.]
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2017a [with J. Comaroff] Cattle, Currencies, and the Politics of Commensuration on a Colonial Frontier. In The Political Economy of Everyday Life in Africa: Beyond the Margins, (ed.) Wale Adebanwi. London: James Currey.

2017b [with J. Comaroff] Nation “Alien”: zombies, migrants et capitalisme millénaire. Socio-Anthropologie 34:133-155 (nouvelle série), Revenances, (eds.) Marc Berdet and Gérard Dubey, Publications de la Sorbonne. [New translation of 1999f.]

2017c [with J. Comaroff] On the South, and Theory/Sobre o Sul, e teoria. In Panoramas do Sul, leituras: Perspectivas para Outras Geografias do Pensamento/Southern Panoramas, readings: Perspectives for Other Geographies of Thought, (ed.) Sabrina Moura. Saõ Paolo: Festival de Arte Contemporânea SESC_Videobrasil, Associçâo Cultural Videobrasil.

2018a [with Keith Hart]: Southern Futures: Thinking through Emerging Markets; Ravinder Kaur in conversation with Keith Hart and John Comaroff. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 38(2):365-76.

2018b [with J. Comaroff] Occult Economies, Revisited. In Magical Capitalism: Enchantment, Spells, and Occult Practices in Contemporary Economies, (eds.) Brian Moeran and Timothy de Waal Malefyt. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2018c [with J. Comaroff] Colonialism. In Critical Terms for the Study of Africa, (eds.) Adeline Masquelier and Gaurav Desai. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2018d The Legalization of Everyday Life: Reflections on Law/fare, Politics, and the History of the Present. Interview with Andrea Kretschmann, Special edition on “Wissen im Recht,” (eds.) Andrea Kretschmann, Caroline Voithofer, and Christoph Stoll. Juridikum 2:257-63.

2018e Does Anthropology Matter to Law?: Reflections, Inflections, Deflections. Forum: ‘Does Anthropology Matter to Law?’ (eds.) Kari Teller and Jeremy Kingsley. The Journal of Legal Anthropology 2(2)’12-18.

2018d [with J. Comaroff] O espectro criminal: entre sombras e imagens – Entrevista com Jean Comaroff e John Comaroff. Revista Plural [Revista de Ciências Sociais] 25(2); https://www.revistas.usp.br/plural/article/view/ 153626.

2019a [with J. Comaroff] Fashioning the Colonial Subject. In The Anthropology of Dress and Fashion: A Reader, (eds.) Brent Luvaas and Joanne B. Eicher. New York: Bloomsbury.

2019b Reflections on the Political Theology of Conflict: From Medieval Scandinavia to the Global Future. In Civil War in Afghanistan, Gunea-Bissau and Medieval Scandinavia, (eds.) Hans Jacob Orning and Jon Vidar Sigurdsson. Leiden: Brill. [Forthcoming.]

2019c [with J. Comaroff] Brave Noir World. In Most Wanted: The Popular Culture of Illegality, (eds.) Rivke Jaffe and Martijn Oosterbaan. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

2019d [with J. Comaroff] Nations With/out Borders: Neoliberalism and the Problem of Belonging in Africa, and Beyond. In The Anthropology of Displaced Peoples, (ed.) Robert H. Layton. London: Royal Anthropological Institute.

2020 [with J. Comaroff] After Labor. Critical Historical Studies. [In press.]