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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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When Government Targets “The State”: Transnational NGO Government and the State in Belize

Two broad trends characterize neoliberal forms of environmental governance: a shift in responsibilities for managing nature from state to nonstate actors and the use of market-based mechanisms and rationalities to manage the environment. In Belize, a transnational alliance of conservation… Continue reading

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Indigenous Responses to Neoliberalism

This essay considers the October 2003 uprising in Bolivia, where indigenous and popular sectors mounted protests against neoliberal economic policies for the exploitation of natural gas, forcing the resignation of the president. The essay argues that the protests were a… Continue reading

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Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: Post-Apartheid Perspectives on America and Israel Mahmood Mamdani The violence of the settler and the suicide bomber, more than any other, has come to define the contemporary world of terrorism and counter-terrorism. The debate on terrorism… Continue reading

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