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When Blood Has Spilled: Gender, Honor, and Compensation in Iranian Criminal Sanctioning

This article explores the gender implications of retributive punishment in Iran’s criminal justice system with specific attention to the Islamic mandate of forgiveness. Iranian penal codes allow victims’ families to forgive an offender through forbearance of their right of retribution.… Continue reading

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Unmaking the State in “Occupied” Haiti

The democratic transition in Haiti (1986–present) has been forged alongside the proliferation of global governance interventions, from a series of UN peacekeeping missions to countless NGOs. Much of this activity has been pursued in the name of building state capacity.… Continue reading

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Transparency Short-Circuited: Laughter and Numbers in Costa Rican Water Politics

Between 2006 and 2009, a group of Costa Rican NGOs, a Spanish aid agency, and local residents were entangled in the pursuit of transparency as a means to allocate funding for their “human right to water” project initiatives. Designed as… Continue reading

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The Tengiz Oil Enclave: Labor, Business, and The State

This study focuses on Tengiz, a multinational oil project situated on the northeastern coast of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan, operated by Chevron since 1993. The first large international business partnership in the post-Soviet space, TengizChevroil was celebrated as a… Continue reading

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Volume 38, Issue 1 Online

The May 2015 issue of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (Volume 38, Issue 1) is available now. It opens with the symposium, “Internationalizing Custom and Localizing Law,” organized by Melissa Demian. As Demian writes in her Introduction, the Symposium is an… Continue reading

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Seeing Like a “Failed” NGO: Globalization’s Impacts on State and Civil Society in Haiti

Anthropologists have critiqued Eurocentric biases and presuppositions behind civil society. A key criticism is that civil society presumes modern capitalist constitutional states typical of western Europe and North America. Anthropologists have also questioned the demise of the nation-state heralded by… Continue reading

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Documenting Accountability: Environmental Impact Assessment in a Peruvian Mining Project

Over the past two decades, practices of accountability have acquired a new presence in neoliberal governance and resource extraction in Peru. In the context of mining activity, accountability generally refers to public mechanisms of evaluation and record-keeping through which citizens… Continue reading

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Immigration and West Bank Settlement Normalization

This article draws on fieldwork in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, where nearly half of the residents are immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, and argues that the immigrants-turned-settlers of the 1990s and beyond are the subjects of contemporary… Continue reading

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