|Mana: Studies in Social Anthropology is published biannually
(April and October) by the Programa
de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia Social (Graduate
Program in Social Anthropology - PPGAS-Museu Nacional), of the Universidade
Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
Mana is a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research and theoretical approaches contributing to the development of Anthropology and the understanding of social and cultural reality.
The journal accepts original works by specialists from the various fields of knowledge that have interfaces with Social Anthropology in its broadest sense, seeking to place readers in contact with the field's most important contemporary issues and questions. The journal welcomes articles that result from theoretical and empirical research - both synchronic and historical - and which leave room for or encourage comparative discussion.
Mana arose as an initiative of the academic staff of the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology (PPGAS) at the National Museum, Rio de Janeiro. PPGAS, created thirty years ago in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, was Brazil's first graduate program in Social Anthropology, and its founding marked the beginning of a new phase in the discipline's teaching and research in the country.
PPGAS has established itself as one of the principal sites for academic reflection and production in the various fields of Social Anthropology. It has also become an important link between national and international research in anthropology. We believe we have arrived at the moment to make the results of this research activity and exchange more widely available and, simultaneously, to open new paths for their expansion and deepening. It was with this aim that the creation of a periodical at once specialized and accessible to readers situated outside the field of anthropology was imagined and made concrete. Our objective is to transpose to a editorial level the experience accumulated over three decades.
The name of our journal, Mana, indicates two directions. On one hand, a relation with the tradition of our discipline, with its seminal texts and authors - the inspiration for conceiving anthropology as a discipline attentive to the varied dimensions of social and cultural life, while at the same time rigorous in theoretical and methodological terms, and questioning of the disciplinary frontiers which arbitrarily divide an experience lived as whole. On the other hand, a relation with the future: our aspiration is that the mana of our publication will be capable of stimulating academic production and amplifying discussion of ideas, transforming itself into an instrument for the development and continual renewal of anthropological thought.
The aims of Mana - to publicize current debates in the discipline and to stimulate research and critical reflection - is apparent in the organization of each number of the journal, composed not only by articles, but also by lectures, debates, interviews and a section of bibliographical essays and reviews. The national reach of the publication and its international profile, transcending strict institutional boundaries, is assured by the composition of its Editorial Board and by the quality of its contributions, subject to rigorous norms of evaluation and publication.
The experience of PPGAS is part of the history of Brazilian and international anthropological work, an important meeting point between them. Mana has emerged out of this history and aspires to become a new chapter as it continues to unfold. It remains for us to issue an invitation to all who wish to add to writing it.
Its abbreviated title is Mana, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.
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