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 an anthropologist – of cities, science, and traps. Yes, traps!

As an anthropologist of cities I am particularly interested in informal, guerrilla and frontier urban processes in Latin America and Europe. For the past ten years years I have been studying the work of “free culture” urban activism. 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.), as well as in the socio-technical assemblages through which such free and open-source projects problematize forms of urban complexity anew.

I have also an interest in the history and ethnography of science and experimentation. In particular, I have been drawn to the study of “interfaces”, understood as technical and experimental designs between nature and culture. I have studied in this context the development of open-source prototypes (linked to my interest in free culture activism). But I have also developed an interest in the comparative anthropology of traps, perhaps the paradigmatic technology of nature-culture encounters.

I studied social anthropology at Oxford University (PhD / D.Phil 2001) and the London School of Economics (MSc 1996). I am currently Reader in Social Anthropology in the Department of Social Anthropology at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid.

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,