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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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Reconciling Debt: Microcredit and the Politics of Indigeneity in Argentina’s Altiplano

Microcredit is a particularly popular economic development tool that seeks to empower poor people through easy access to credit. It has been deployed as a development tool globally, often with much-lauded results. In this article, I examine a case study… Continue reading

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Pater Rules Best: Political Kinship and Party Politics in Tanzania’s Presidential Elections

In 2005 Tanzanians elected Jakaya Kikwete to the presidency with 80 percent of the popular vote. Like his predecessors, Kikwete emerged from the ranks of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party (CCM). CCM also secured 96 percent of mainland parliamentary constituencies.… Continue reading

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“What is an Act?”: Reflective Action in Pragmatism and Praxis Philosophy

Because I stand outside the discursive fields of law and ethnography, I cannot speak to the decisive interventions made in legal studies or anthropology by pragmatic thought. Instead, the conference organizers asked me to provide a historical framework for the… Continue reading

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