Kapferer's earlier theoretical contribution is in bringing cosmological understanding of nationalism, particularly how state constructed mythologies and sacred rituals related the production of ethnic and political violence. In Bergen, He is directing researchs on the interconnections between changes in state political structures, new formations of poverty and the role of corporate institutions in the alleviation of poverty and state organized redirections. His fieldwork interests span from Africa to Asia, on the issues of contemporary transitions in cosmological and ritual processes, thematically healing systems and folk drama, Buddhist cosmology, ethnic identity, nationalism and violence,Globalisation and State Sovereignty, peasant and urban political economies, and ecological systems.
2005. (ed). "Oligarchs and Oligopolies: New Formations of Global Power". Berghahn Books: New York and Oxford.
2005. (ed). "The Retreat of the Social: The Rise and Rise of Reductionism". Berghahn Books: New York and Oxford.
2004. (ed). "State, sovereignty, war: civil violence in emerging global realities". Berghahn Books: New York and Oxford.
2003. (ed). "Beyond Rationalism: Rethinking Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery". Berghahn Books: New York & Oxford.
2003. "Introduction: Outside All Reason - Magic, Sorcery and Epistemology in Anthropology". In "Beyond Rationalism"
2003. "Sorcery, Modernity and the Constitutive Imaginary: Hybridising Continuities". In "Beyond Rationalism"
2002. (Editor) "The World Trade Center and Global Crisis". Social Analysis, Forum 46(1):92-152.
2002. "Foundation and Empire (with apologies to Isaac Asimov): A Consideration of Hardt and Negri's Empire". Review Article. Social Analysis 46(1):167-79.
2002. "Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Culture of the State. The 17th Edvard Westermarck Memorial Lecture". Suomen Anthropologi 27(2):4-23.
2001. "Sorcery and the Shape of Globalization". Suomen Anthropologi 26(1):4-28.
1998. "Legends of People, Myths of State: Violence, Intolerance and Political Culture in Sri Lanka and Australia". Second edition. Crawford Press. First published 1988 by the Smithsonian Institution Press.
1997. "The Feast of the Sorcerer: Practices of Consciousness and Power". Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
1983. "A Celebration of Demons: Exorcism and the Aesthetics of Healing in Sri Lanka". Bloomington: Indiana University press.
1972. "Strategy and Transaction in an African Factory", Manchester: Manchester University Press.
1969. "Norms and the Manipulation of Relationships in a Work Context", in Social Networks in Urban Situations, edited by J. C. Mitchell. Manchester: Manchester University Press.