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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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Noć Reklamoẑdera: Democracy, Consumption, and the Contradictions of Representation in Post-Socialist Serbia

This article analyzes Noc´ Reklamozˇdera, a popular screening of advertisements in Belgrade in 2003, in relationship to transformations in political practice and subjectivity in contemporary Serbia. The argument takes as its starting point a historical analysis of social and political… Continue reading

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Plying the Liberty Trade: Law, Empire-Building, and the Enforcement of Antislavery Scriptures in the Reconstruction of New Mexico

This article explores federal efforts to free Indian-Mestizo captives in New Mexico during the Reconstruction Era. It demonstrates how the enforcement of government antislavery law within a preexisting colonial setting, while furthering American rights and ideals, did so in multiple… Continue reading

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Codifying Consensus and Constructing Boundaries: Setting the Limits of Appellation d’origine contrôlée Protection in Bordeaux, France

By Erica A. Farmer Legal geographical indication (GI) regimes are increasingly considered a promising tool to protect cultural heritage from outside appropriation. Yet such regimes have origins in a much more specific context: the structures and practices of wine-making in… Continue reading

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