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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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Writing Ethnography after Tragedy: Toward Therapeutic Transformations

This article reflects on my experience writing ethnographically about the East African embassy bombings trial in which I participated as a surviving victim and as the widow of Abdurahman Abdalla, who was killed. On August 7, 1998, my husband and… Continue reading

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“I vote, therefore I am:” Rituals of Democracy and the Turkish Chief Rabbi

This article describes how the election and investiture of a chief rabbi in 2002 created a unique space for Turkish Jews to debate the meaning of democracy. I document current Turkish Jewish discourses about democracy by combining ethnographic observations of… Continue reading

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From the Peruvian Reconciliation Commission to Ethnography

This article explores the appeal of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission to anthropologists as a way of researching political violence (an internal war in Peru between Shining Path, a Maoist guerrilla group, and the Peruvian armed forces during the… Continue reading

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