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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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Being Part of the Parade – “Going Native” in the United Nations Security Council

How do small states behave once they have a seat at the table? In this article, I describe how one small state—Norway—operated when it was a member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2001–02. From my anthropological fieldwork… Continue reading

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Analyzing the Trial: Interdisciplinary Methods

This issue of PoLAR contains three articles examining single trials as core ethnographic moments. We moved from a criminal trial in South Africa, through a civil trial in the United States in which a Salvadoran plaintiff seeks justice for abuses… Continue reading

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Controversy and Conflict: NAGPRA and the Role of Biological Anthropology in Determining Cultural Affiliation

The primary focus of this article is to examine the concept of cultural affiliation from the perspective of biological anthropology. The concept of cultural affiliation is fundamental to federal repatriation legislation including the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).… Continue reading

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