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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 Online

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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The Magic of the Populace: An Ethnography of Illegibility in the South African Immigration Bureaucracy

Recent anthropological accounts of the state have demonstrated the potential for danger or illegibility in the public’s encounter with the state. Much of this work has taken the perspective of the public, however, and less has been said about how… Continue reading

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Dispelling Doonhamers : Naming and the Numbers Game

This paper asks what political activists in Dumfries and Galloway meant when they described a proposed new Parliamentary constituency in southern Scotland as “a hybrid unit” made up of disparate parts that did not belong to the whole. Drawing on… 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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