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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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The Sovereignty of Kin: Political Discourse in Post-Ta’if Lebanon

The debate over sovereignty in Lebanon involves a battle among distinct and varying political imaginaries. This struggle is evident in the negotiation of the Syrian presence within Lebanon prior to the withdrawal of the Syrian military in the spring of… Continue reading

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Ethnography’s Formal Seductions

If the theoretical lineage from Durkheim to Radcliffe-Brown was interrupted by Malinowski’s trip to the Trobriands (Kuper 1996:49), then it is the excursion— the data-collecting expedition—that apparently retains its grip on the anthropological imagination. Ethnographers remain thirsty for data. Hence,… Continue reading

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The Transparent Case of Virtuality

It is December 18, 2002, the night before the Presidential election in South Korea, and I am standing with hundreds of people in downtown Seoul listening to various supporters of Roh Moo Hyun speak from inside his election van. When… Continue reading

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