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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 37, Issue 2 Online

The November 2014 issue of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (Volume 37, Issue 2) is available now. It opens with the symposium, “Imagining Corporate Personhood,” organized and guest-edited by Peter Benson and Stuart Kirsch. Arising from a panel on the same topic… Continue reading

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Knowledge Rites and the Right Not to Know

This paper discusses a 2001 citizen conference hosted by the Dresden Hygiene Museum as exemplifying the pedagogical dimensions of science–state–citizen relations in Germany. It reads the conference as an exercise in knowledge-making and citizen-making and argues that two notions of… Continue reading

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Territorial Democracy: Caste, Dominance and Electoral Practice in Postcolonial India

This article examines the relationship between caste identities and electoral democracy in India. Drawing from fieldwork in Bihar, I suggest that at the center of what is popularly referred to as “caste politics” is the influence of local relations of… Continue reading

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Responsibility after Military Intervention: What is Regime Change?

The Bush administration argues that two responsibilities warrant a military intervention in Iraq, for which it is preparing: “elimination of weapons of mass destruction” and “regime change.” We do not know what this intervention will look like, whether it will… Continue reading

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