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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 38, Issue 1 Online

The May 2015 issue of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (Volume 38, Issue 1) is available now. It opens with the symposium, “Internationalizing Custom and Localizing Law,” organized by Melissa Demian. As Demian writes in her Introduction, the Symposium is an… Continue reading

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The Politics of Possession: The Proliferation of Partnerships in the Brazilian Amazon

Centered on one village, Aukre, this article discusses new types of intervillage ties and coordination in the Kayapó lands in Brazil. Present-day village politics are animated by a diverse array of old and emergent partnerships in the Amazon region. The… 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 Difference that Citizenship Makes: Civilian Crime Prevention on the Lower East Side

At the December 1997 meeting of Manhattan’s 9th Precinct Community Council, a group that brings together police officers and the public to discuss crime, the leader of a block association that serves a mostly white middle-class block stood up to… Continue reading

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