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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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Of Heroes and Polemics: “The Policeman” in Urban Ethnography

Cities have long been characterized as lonely, alienating places in literature and the social sciences. This article tracks the theme of urban alienation through both detective fiction and urban ethnography, demonstrating that these literatures also share a focus on two… Continue reading

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The Peril and Promise of Noodles and Beer: Condemnation of patronage and hybrid political frameworks in “post-neoliberal” Cochabamba, Bolivia

In this article, I analyze Bolivians’ public condemnations of patronage—the buying of political support with jobs or favors—over the past decade. The rise of indigenous and leftist governments in Latin America has led many to hope for a transition from… Continue reading

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Political Anthropology on Exhibit

Why take time out from a career focused on research and teaching to build an exhibit for the public? Scholars in the academy do not get credit for communicating with the public. Yet James Peacock has frequently said that our… Continue reading

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