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Volume 38, Issue 2

Editors’ Introduction
William Garriott and Heath Cabot

We would like to take a brief moment to introduce ourselves as the new editors of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, and to thank the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology and the search committee for the opportunity to edit a journal that both of us have long admired. We hope that we will be able to step adequately into the shoes of the marvelous outgoing co-editors, Justin Richland and John Conley, who have so generously spearheaded the journal since 2011. In their own inaugural introduction, John and Justin committed to maintaining the journal’s “upward trajectory” (Conley and Richland 2011:1). They have done this and more. Indeed, though this is the first issue of Political and Legal Anthropology Review to emerge formally under our editorship, John and Justin are largely responsible for its contents. They accepted the articles that appear here and saw them through the better part of the editorial process. Over the past six months, we have had the good fortune of working closely with John and Justin, and our managing editor, April Faith-Slaker, to learn the details of the journal’s operation. We warmly thank them for their mentorship. We likewise wish to express our deep appreciation to our outgoing book review editor, Ilana Gershon, who has done a tremendous job overseeing the book review section over the past four years. [Read full text]

Symposium on Punishment and the State

Introduction: Punishment and the State: Imprisonment, Transgressions, Scapegoats, and the Contributions of Anthropology
Mieka Brand Polanco

The “Constitution-Free Zone” in the United States: Law and Life in a State of Carcelment
Margaret E. Dorsey and Miguel Díaz-Barriga

Incarceration by Category: Racial Designations and the Black Borders of Indianness
Anjana Mebane-Cruz

Etiology/Assessment/Redress: Criminal Bodies and State Impunity
Mieka Brand Polanco


Insecurity in an Orange Envelope: National Pension System Reform in Sweden
Anette Nyqvist

Of Autocracy and Democracy, Or Discipline and Anarchy: When Organizational Structure Meets Political Ideology in Argentine Public Sector Trade Unions
Sian Lazar

“I’m Not a Leader”: Cynicism and Good Citizenship in a Brazilian Favela
Stephanie Savell

Replicate, Facilitate, Disseminate: The Micropolitics of U.S. Democracy Promotion in Bolivia
Susan Ellison

Judging Intimacies at the French Court of Asylum
Carolina Kobelinsky


Anthropology’s Contributions to Training in the Policy Professions: An Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) Roundtable

Book Reviews

Bloomberg’s New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City by Julian Brash (Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2011)
Rachel Heiman

Space of Detention: The Making of a Transnational Gang Crisis by Elana Zilberg (Durham, NC: Duke University Press)
Richard Perry

Space of Detention: The Making of a Transnational Gang Crisis by Elana Zilberg (Durham, NC: Duke University Press)
Richard Perry

Elusive Unity: Factionalism and the Limits of Identity Politics in Yucatán, Mexico by Fernando Armstrong-Fumero (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2013)
Juliet S. Erazo

Reclaiming Basque: Language, Nation, and Cultural Activism by Jacqueline Urla (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2012)
Diane Riskedahl

Maya after War: Conflict, Power, and Politics in Guatemala by Jennifer L. Burrell (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013)
Shirley Heying

My Voice Is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism, and the Poetics of Palestinian Resistance by David A. McDonald (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013)
Shayna M. Silverstein

Capricious Borders: Minority, Population, and Counter-Conduct Between Greece and Turkey by Olga Demetriou (Berghahn: Oxford and New York, 2013)
Othon Alexandrakis

The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India by Francis Cody (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013)
Kenneth McGill

Review Essay: Making the Corporation and its Critics

Mining Capitalism: The Relationships between Corporation and Their Critics by Stuart Kirsch (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014) and Enacting the Corporation: An American Mining Firm in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia by Marina Welker (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014)
Filipe Calvão

Review Essay: New Middle Classes and their Politics

Politics in Color and Concrete: Socialist Materialities and the Middle Class in Hungary by Krizstina Fehérváry (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013) and Along the Bolivian Highway: Social Mobility and Political Culture in a New Middle Class by Miriam Shakow (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)
Rihan Yeh