Alberto Corsín Jiménez

Email: alberto.corsin-jimenez [at]
Phone: (+34) 916022445
Office: 1F21
Investigador Científico de OPIS
Instituto de Lengua Literatura y Antropología
Departamento de Antropología
Group: Antropología Social y Cultural

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I am Reader in Social Anthropology in the Department of the History of Science at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Previously I was Dean at Spain's School for Industrial Organisation (Escuela de Organización Industrial, EOI), the State's School of Management and Open Innovation, University Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, and Lecturer and Tutor in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

I hold a D.Phil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford and an MSc (Econ) in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

My work looks at the intersections between anthropologies of knowledge and social studies of science — in contexts of informal, guerrilla and frontier urbanism (in Latin American and Europe), and in knowledge-management institutions (research centres, management consulting firms, digital & new media labs).

Over the years, as I have been reflecting and writing about these sites, I have also developed a somewhat broader interest in the organization of ethnographic and anthropological knowledge as descriptive and theoretical forms.

For the past five years I have been studying the work of “free culture” urban activists in Madrid. I am interested in how such expressions of “free urbanism” compare with other accounts of informality in the city (auto-construction, makeshift urbanism, slum urbanism, etc.).

I have also developed an interest in the specific work of ‘prototyping’ that characterizes the development of many of these open-source projects. I am interested in the prototype as a figure of and design for contemporary complexity.

Scientific output

Culture and well-being: anthropological approaches to freedom and political ethics. Pluto Books, 216 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2008). 
The anthropology of organisations. Ashgate, 600 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2007). 
#spanishrevolutionAnthropology Todayvol. 27 (4). 5 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto Estalella, Adolfo, (2011). 
Daribi kinship at perpendicular angles: a trompe l'oeil anthropologyHAU. Journal of Ethnographic Theoryvol. 1 (1). 157 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2011). 
Ethnography under arrest?Anthropology Matters Journalvol. 13 (1). 0 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2011). 
Invited comments on Nigel Rapport's 'The liberal treatment of difference: an untimely meditation on culture and civilization'.Current Anthropologyvol. 52 (5). 2 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2011). 
Trust in anthropologyAnthropological Theoryvol. 11 (2). 20 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2011). 
Comunidades de afectados, procomún y don expandidoRevista Fractalvol. 57. 42 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto and Lafuente, Antonio, (2010). 
How knowledge grows: an anthropological anamorphosisOpen Anthropology Cooperative Press Working Papers Seriesvol. 3. 0 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2010). 
Prototyping relationships: on techno-political hospitalityAnthropological Research on the Contemporary Studiovol. Episode 3. 0 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto and Estalella, Adolfo, (2010). 
The height, length and width of social theoryThe social after Gabriel Tarde: debates and assessments, Routledge, 128 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2010). 
The political proportions of public knowledgeJournal of Cultural Economyvol. 3: 1. 84 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2010). 
The prototype: a sociology in abeyanceAnthropological Research on the Contemporary Studiovol. Episode 3. 0 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto and Estalella, Adolfo, (2010). 
Managing the social/knowledge equationCambridge Anthropologyvol. 28: 3. 90 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2009). 
Economies of repetition: anthropology on the cultures of innovation.Madrid+dvol. 46. 26 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2008). 
Introduction: well-being’s re-proportioning of social thoughtCulture and well-being: anthropological approaches to freedom and political ethics, Pluto Books, 32 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2008). 
Madrid ‘en construcción’: polis y apocalipsis en una sociedad hipotecariaJournal of Spanish Cultural Studiesvol. 48 (3). 340 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2008). 
Relations and disproportions: the labor of scholarship in the knowledge economy.American Ethnologistvol. 35 (2). 242 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2008). 
Well-being in anthropological balance: remarks on proportionality as political imagination.Culture and well-being: anthropological approaches to freedom and political ethics, Pluto Books, 197 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2008). 
‘An anthropological concept of the concept’: reversibility among the Siberian YukaghirJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institutevol. 13 (3). 544 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto Willerslev, Rane, (2007). 
Cooperación y procomún: relaciones antropológicas.Archipiélago: cuadernos de crítica de la culturavol. 77-78. 32 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2007). 
Industry going public: rethinking knowledge and administration.Anthropology and science: epistemologies in practice, Berg, 57 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2007). 
IntroductionThe anthropology of organisations, Ashgate, 32 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2007). 
Pampa e historia: minería del salitre en el Desierto de Atacama en el siglo XXHombre y Desierto, 38 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2007). 
After trustCambridge Anthropologyvol. 25 (2). 78 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2005). 
Changing scales and the scales of change: ethnography and political economy in Antofagasta, Chile.Critique of Anthropologyvol. 25 (2). 174 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2005). 
Landscaping history: nitrate mining in the Atacama desert in the 20th century.23 South: archaeology and environmental history of the southern deserts, National Museum of Australia, 344 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2005). 
Towards an interactive professional ethicsAnthropology Todayvol. 21 (6). 12 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto Harper, Ian, (2005). 
Teaching the field: the order, ordering, and scale of knowledge.Teaching rites and wrongs: the making of anthropologists, C-SAP, 162 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2004). 
On space as a capacityJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institutevol. 9 (1). 153 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2003). 
Working out personhood: notes on labour and its anthropologyAnthropology Todayvol. 5 (5). 17 p. | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, (2003). 
Economía cultural de la innovación abierta en Madrid.  | Alberto Corsín Jiménez, (2011). 
Innovación expandida: estudio etnográfico de la producción de conocimiento y vanguardia en el Medialab Prado de Madrid.  | Corsín Jiménez, Alberto,