Current Issue


Editors’ Introduction (pages 1–2)
John Conley and Justin B. Richland

This is our final issue as co-editors. We will be succeeded in the summer by Heath Cabot and Will Garriott. As we leave, we want to emphasize how much we’ve enjoyed editing your journal and express our gratitude to the many people who make PoLAR possible. A few words about the current issue: it features a Symposium organized by Melissa Demian, entitled ‘Internationalizing Custom and Localizing Law.’ As Demian writes in her Introduction, it is ‘an endeavor to re-evaluate and update what may at first blush appear to be a thoroughly old-fashioned or folkloristic set of ideas for anthropologists: the concept of custom, particularly as it is deployed in relation to the concept of law.’ The articles explore the complexities and ironies suggested by the Symposium title.


Introduction: Internationalizing Custom and Localizing Law (pages 3–8)
Melissa Demian

When the State Tries to See Like a Family: Cultural Pluralism and the Family Group Conference in New Zealand (pages 9–29)
Amy J. Cohen and Ilana Gershon

Ordering Legal Plurality: Allocating Jurisdiction in State and Tribal Courts in Wisconsin (pages 30–52)
Larry Nesper

Customizations of Law: Courts of Elders (Aksakal Courts) in Rural and Urban Kyrgyzstan (pages 53–71)
Judith Beyer

Refracting Custom in Western Sahara’s Quest for Statehood (pages 72–90)
Alice Wilson

Dislocating Custom (pages 91–107)
Melissa Demian


“A Logic of Camps”: French Antiracism as Competitive Nationalism (pages 108–128)
Riaz Tejani

Toward an Anthropology of War Propaganda (pages 129–146)
Jordan Kiper

The Land Question in Amazonia: Cadastral Knowledge and Ignorance in Brazil’s Tenure Regularization Program (pages 147–167)
Jeremy M. Campbell


Partial Wars (pages 168–178)
Keith Brown


Where the River Ends: Contested Indigeneity in the Mexican Colorado Delta by Shaylih Muehlmann (Durham, NC: Duke University Press 2013) (pages 179–181)
Stephanie C. Kane

The Make-Believe Space: Affective Geography in a Postwar Polity by Yael Navaro-Yashin (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012) (pages 181–183)
Kabir Tambar

The State and the Social: State Formation in Botswana and its Precolonial and Colonial Genealogies by Ørnulf Gulbrandsen (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2012) (pages 183–185)
Blair Rutherford

Building Fortress Europe: The Polish-Ukrainian Frontier by Karolina S. Follis (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) (pages 185–187)
Madeleine Reeves

Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria by Mary C. Neuburger (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012) (pages 187–189)
Peter Benson

Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina by Vincanne Adams (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013) (pages 189–190)
Greg Beckett

Barrio Libre: Criminalizing States and Delinquent Refusals by Gilberto Rosas (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012) (pages 191–192)
Connie McGuire

Resources for Reform: Oil and Neoliberalism in Argentina by Elana Shever (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012) (pages 192–195)
Omolade Adunbi