Sallie Han co-edits journal issue on “Walls, Fences, and Barriers”

Sallie Han (Anthropology, SUNY Oneonta) and Jason Antrosio (Anthropology, Hartwick College) are the co-editors of the March 2019 issue of Open Anthropology on the theme of “Walls, Fences, and Barriers: Anthropology on the Border.”

In the 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, there has been a boom in the building of walls and the fortification of borders around the world. This issue of Open Anthropology brings together the work of anthropologists examining some of these walls, fences, and barriers and their effects and consequences for the people whom they are intended to keep out (or keep in)—and the actions that people themselves take to scale and navigate them. The collection features the Editors’ Note and eleven articles, two book reviews, and one exhibition review culled from the publications of the American Anthropological Association. The pieces examine walls, fences and barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border, near the disputed boundaries of Israel and Palestine, separating Protestant and Catholic areas within Belfast in Northern Ireland, and surrounding a Spanish city on the north African coast adjacent to Morocco.

All of the selections in this issue are available for free download at