Anthropology 

of tax network



a hub for tax researchers to keep up to date on

current research, events, and publications

be sure to check out our Resources page for new stuff submitted by our network of researchers!

Announcement from Soumhya Venkatesan and Oliver Owen • Nov. 3, 2020 

Soumhya Venkatesan and Oliver Owen are pleased to announce that their panel, "Good Ends and Dubious Means: Rule Breaking and Justification" has been accepted by SIEF, the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore, for their virtual conference 21-24 June, 2021.


Please visit our News page for the panel abstract and find links for how to apply with your paper!

Announcement from Robin Smith and Nicolette Makovicky • Oct. 30, 2020 

Robin Smith and Nicolette Makovicky are pleased to announce that their panel, "Tax Matters: Are Rules Made to Be Broken?" has been accepted by SIEF, the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore, for their virtual conference 21-24 June, 2021.


Please visit our News page for the panel abstract and find links for how to apply with your paper!

Announcement from Lotta Björklund Larsen • Oct. 30, 2020 

The 8th annual TARC Conference schedule has been announced and will take place online, December 15-17, 2020.


Please visit our News page for details and find links to the conference program.

Announcement from Johanna Mugler • Nov. 5, 2020 

Johanna Mugler, Lotta Björklund Larsen, and Nimmo Elmi will be on the Center for Taxpayer Rights program, Tax Chat!, on November 10, 2020 noon, Eastern Standard Time (17:00GMT), taking place live on Zoom. You can register to be part of the conversation.


Find the announcement with a link to access the Zoom meeting at the top of the page, here:

https://taxpayer-rights.org/tax-chat-no-3-the-anthropology-of-tax/

Announcement from Karen Boll • Oct. 27, 2020 

Karen Boll, Yvette Lind, and Saila Stausholm from Copenhagen Business School will introduce and discuss their work in tax at the Cambridge Tax Discussion Group, on Thursday October 29, 2020, 16:00-17:00 London time. It is open to all virtually!


Find the announcement with a link to access the meeting at the bottom of the page, here:

https://cambridge.tax/

Announcement from Oliver Owen • Oct. 13, 2020 

Tom Goodfellow and Oliver Owen have recently published an article on taxation and property rights in Lagos in Economy & Society, and a corresponding article in The Conversation, July 2020.


Please visit our News page to read the article's abstract and to find links!

Posted by Robin Smith and Lotta Björklund Larsen • Oct. 12, 2020 

Lotta Björklund Larsen and Robin Smith have written a short blog post for the Tax Administration Research Centre Blog at the University of Exeter Business School to promote our website and some recent anthropological publications on tax, October 12, 2020, entitled The Anthropology of Tax. This is part of our ongoing effort to give voice to  anthropological research on tax in society!


The Blog can be found here: http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/tarc/

And TARC's homepage can be found here: http://tarc.exeter.ac.uk/

Posted by Robin Smith • Sept. 16, 2020 

Miranda Sheild Johansson and Anna-Riikka Kauppinen have just published a timely piece on fiscal life in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic on Allegra Lab, September 14, 2020. 


Please visit our News page to read the article's abstract and to find links! It's a fantastic piece that highlights how the pandemic has brought fundamental tax questions back into public debate.

Posted by Robin Smith • Aug. 5, 2020 

Based on three years of fieldwork at the Swedish Tax Administration, our network member Lotta Björklund Larsen depicts the inner workings of a bureaucracy of taxation in Shaping Taxpayers. Values in Action at the Swedish Tax Agency (Berghahn Books).


Please read Lotta's Blog post about her ethnography of taxation, as well as how taxpayers are understood and made to comply by a seemingly well-esteemed tax administration.

Posted by Robin Smith • July 22, 2020 

There's a journal special issue on fiscal practices in African countries to announce!


Oliver Owen edited the journal special issue, Governing through Taxation, for Politique Africaine, Vol. 151, No. 3, 2018.


Check out our News page for details and a link to this publication!

Posted by Robin Smith • June 28, 2020 

Get your coffee ready, there's new research on the anthropology of tax to read, and it's much more fun than doing your own taxes!


Nicolette Makovicky and Robin Smith co-edited a journal special issue for Social Analysis entitled, 

Beyond the Social Contract: An Anthropology of Tax. 


Check out our News page for details and a link to this open access publication!

Posted by Robin Smith • April 16, 2020 

Our diverse group of tax scholars met up in Stockholm for an inspiring week of workshops on all things tax, thanks to the hard work of organizers Lotta Björklund Larsen and Nicolette Makovicky.


Check out our News page for details!

Posted by Robin Smith • April 16, 2020 

While in Stockholm, we brainstormed ideas for future collaborations on the anthropology of tax.


Read about some of our new works in progress on the News page!