Hau Books is the book-publishing wing of the Society for Ethnographic Theory (SET), a learned society that also publishes the quarterly Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, founded in 2011 by Giovanni da Col. Hau Books, founded in 2015 by Giovanni da Col, is committed to publishing the most distinguished texts in classic and contemporary ethnographic theory. Its aim is to situate ethnography as the central heuristic of anthropology and to return it to the forefront of conceptual developments in the discipline. Our print editions are produced, distributed, and marketed by the University of Chicago Press, and digital versions are provided to university libraries through Knowledge Unlatched. Our open-access titles are available as pdfs in our catalogue. Convinced that traditional publishers have been neglecting works by anthropologists writing outside the Anglophone world, Hau Books has published a larger proportion of its titles in translation than any other publisher in anthropology and will soon be bringing out works translated from even more languages.


Director of Hau Books

Anne-Christine Taylor, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris


Editorial Collective of Hau Books

Deborah Durham
Nora Scott
Casey High
Erik Bähre

Editorial Staff

Jane Sabherwal, Managing Editor


SET Board of Directors

Kriti Kapila, King’s College London (Board Chair)

John Borneman, Princeton University

Anne-Christine Taylor, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Frédéric Keck, CNRS-Collège de France-EHESS

Janice Boddy, University of Toronto

Enrique Martino, Complutense University of Madrid


Scientific Advisory Board for Hau Books and Hau Journal


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Creative Commons License

Besides publishing its titles in paperback and e-book formats, Hau Books offers all of its works as open access whenever possible. To do so, it registers its books under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licenses (CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND). Some reprinted or translated works may not be not available as open access due to limitations of pre-existing copyrights and permissions from the original publishers.