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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 1 Available Now

The May 2014 issue of Political and Legal Anthropology Review (Volume 37, Issue 1) is available now. It opens with the symposium, “Afterlives of Development,” which was organized by Daromir Rudnyckyj and Anke Schwittay. As editors John Conley and Justin Richland… Continue reading

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Noć Reklamoẑdera: Democracy, Consumption, and the Contradictions of Representation in Post-Socialist Serbia

This article analyzes Noc´ Reklamozˇdera, a popular screening of advertisements in Belgrade in 2003, in relationship to transformations in political practice and subjectivity in contemporary Serbia. The argument takes as its starting point a historical analysis of social and political… Continue reading

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The “Trials and Errors” of Politics: Municipal Elections at the Lebanese Border

This article examines the unprecedented victory of the Islamic Group in the 2004 municipal elections in a town on the northern border of Lebanon that was renowned for a history of leftist political activism. The article investigates local idioms of… Continue reading

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Invisible Foundations: Science, Democracy, and Faith among the Pragmatists

As a political theorist among anthropologists at the conference on Pragmatism, Law, and Governmentality, for which this paper was originally written, I was engaged in a form of ethnology. Like an anthropologist observing the different customs and sometimes inaccessible language… Continue reading

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