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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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“Which Side Are You On?” Uses of the Everyday in Sociolegal Scholarship

Going through U.S. Customs and Immigration at the Toronto airport on my way to my first Law and Society Association meeting, a bored-looking officer asked me: “What is the purpose of your visit?” “Attending a conference,” I replied. “What kind… Continue reading

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Islamic Finance and the Afterlives of Development in Malaysia

By Daromir Rudnyckyj Government regulators, Islamic scholars, finance professionals, and secular academics have recently taken steps to turn Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, into a global hub for Islamic finance. This article describes some of the actions these actors have taken… Continue reading

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The Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement and the Gutiérrez regime

Multiculturalism, “interculturalism,” and “plurinationalism” are central concepts used by the Ecuadorian indigenous movement in its struggle to achieve political, social, and economic justice. However, these same concepts have also been appropriated by the Ecuadorian state, by international development agencies, and… Continue reading

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