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Jonathan Friedman (born April 7, 1946) is an American anthropologist. He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1972. He is professor emeritus of Anthropology at University of California, San Diego and Director of Studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales.[2] He is an editorial board member of the journal Anthropological Theory and was co-editor from 2004-2015. He is also member of the editorial board of Critique of Anthropology, Theory Culture and Society and The International Journal of Cultural and Social Analysis .[3] Friedman has done most of his research in Hawaii and the Republic of Congo.[clarification needed]

Jonathan Friedman
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Native name Jonathan Ames Friedman
Born (1946-04-07)April 7, 1946
Occupation scholar
Academic background
Alma mater Columbia University (Ph.D., 1972)
Thesis 'System, Structure, and Contradiction: The Evolution of 'Asiatic' Social Formations[1] (1972)
Academic work
Discipline Anthropologist
Sub-discipline Cultural Anthropologist, Hawaii and Congo Specialist, Marxist Anthropology
Institutions University of California, San Diego
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences[2]


Current researchEdit

  • Dynamics of tribal societies,
  • Cultural identity and global processes,
  • Global systemic anthropology,
  • Transformation of the nation state,
  • Multiculturalism and migration,
  • Upland Southeast Asia,
  • Oceania.

Publications: SelectionEdit

  • System, structure and contradiction in the evolution of "Asiatic" social formations, National Museum of Copenhagen, 1979 [+ 2nd edition: Altamira Press 1998, with a new foreword] with Scott Lash(eds) Modernity and identity, Blackwell, Oxford, 1992
  • Consumption and Identity. London: Harwood Academic Press, 1994
  • Globalization and Violence, Vol. 3: Globalizing War and Intervention. London: Sage Publications. 2006. 
  • La Quotidianità del Systema Globale. Milano: Bruno Mondadori (2005)
  • with C. Chase-Dunn (eds). Hegemonic Declines: Past and Present. Boulder: Paradigm Press 2005
  • Globalization, Global Systems and Anthropological Theory" in Rossi, I. ed. Frontiers of Globalization Research. New York: Springer. 109-132 (2007)
  • The Anthropology of global systems: Vol I Historical Transformations Walnut Creek: Altamira 2008
  • The anthropology of global systems: Vol II Modernities, class and the contradictions of globalization. Walnut Creek: Altamira Press 2008
  • “The Dialectic of Cosmopolitanization and Indigenization in the Contemporary World System: Contradictory Configurations of Class and Culture” chapter 9 in Laurent Dousset and Serge Tcherkezoff ed.. The Scope of Anthropology: Maurice Godelier’s work in context. New York: Berghan 2012
  • “States, hinterlands and governance in Southeast Asia” in Focaal 117-122 2011
  • “Capitalist Markets and the Kafkaesque World of Moralization” in Cash on the Table: Markets, Values and Moral Economies: Anthropological Engagements with Economics and Economies, edited by Edward F Fischer, Santa Fe: School of Advanced Research Press.2014
  • with Kajsa Ekholm Friedman « Globalization as a discourse of hegemonic crisis » in American Ethnologist 40,2 244-257 2014

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Friedman, Jonathan Ames (1972). System, Structure, and Contradiction: The Evolution of 'Asiatic' Social Formations (Ph.D.). Columbia University. OCLC 500241821. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Jonathan Friedman". Anthropology - Emeritus Profile. University of California, San Diego. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Editorial Board". Anthropological Theory. Sage Publishing. Retrieved May 30, 2017.