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Social Anthropology:


Jacob Copeman

Jacob Copeman
Dr Jacob Copeman
Deputy Director of the Undergraduate School (TLA)
5.25 Chrystal Macmillan Building Edinburgh UK
+44 (0)131 6506860
Research Interests
South Asia, Gurus, Atheism, Blood Donation, Tissue Economies, Social Reform, Media, Technology and society, India, Medical Anthropology, Names and Naming

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Mondays 3.15 - 5 (teaching weeks only) (or please email for an appointment)


Selected publications

2015 On Names in South Asia: Iteration, (Im)propriety and Dissimulation (co-edited with Veena Das). Special Issue of SAMAJ (South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal) 12.

2014 Social Theory After Strathern (co-edited with Alice Street). Special Issue of Theory, Culture & Society 31, 2-3. 

2013 South Asian Tissue Economies (edited). Special Issue of Contemporary South Asia 21, 3. (also a Routledge book, 2014). 

2012 The Guru in South Asia: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives (co-edited with Aya Ikegame). Routledge. (South Asian edition - Routledge India, 2013). 

2009 Blood Donation, Bioeconomy, Culture (edited). Special Issue of Body & Society 15, 2.

2009 Veins of Devotion: Blood Donation and Religious Experience in North India. Rutgers University Press. (Revised and expanded edition - Routledge India, 2012).   


Further information and access to most of my articles available here.




Topics interested in supervising

I welcome enquiries from students interested in pursuing projects that relate to my broad interests in tissue economies/biological exchange, medical anthropology, technological cultures and radical social reform movements; and in aspects of South Asian society, especially caste and communal politics, 'guru cultures', and the politics of names and naming.

If you are interested in being supervised by Jacob Copeman, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in South Asian Studies