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Issue 37_2VOLUME 37, ISSUE 2

Editors’ Introduction
John Conley and Justin B. Richland

This issue features a Symposium on ‘Imagining Corporate Personhood,’ organized by Peter Benson and Stuart Kirsch. As Kirsch reminds us in his introduction, the law has long held that a corporation is a fictive legal person, but defining the scope of that personhood has taken on a new urgency in the wake of several controversial court cases. The Symposium is followed by three provocative general articles. We are publishing an Online Book Review Supplement, something that our predecessor Beth Mertz did in 2011. Despite unending hand-wringing over the crisis in academic publishing, more and more significant political and legal anthropology books are being published, and our Book Review Editor, Ilana Gershon, keeps persuading many of you to write thoughtful reviews.


Imagining Corporate Personhood (pages 207–217)
Stuart Kirsch

Corporate Paternalism and the Problem of Harmful Products (pages 218–230)
Peter Benson

Corporations and Community in Highland Guatemala (pages 231–245)
Kedron Thomas

Corporations as Partners: “Connected Capitalism” and The Coca-Cola Company (pages 246–258)
Robert J. Foster

Corporate Memory: Historical Revisionism, Legitimation and the Invention of Tradition in a Multinational Mining Company (pages 259–280)
Dinah Rajak

Selling Your Self in the United States (pages 281–295)
Ilana Gershon

Afterword: What Kind of a Person is the Corporation? (pages 296–307)
Ira Bashkow


Corporate Identity in Citizens United: Legal Fictions and Anthropological Theory (pages 308–328)
Leo Coleman

Ambiguous States: Confucius Institutes and Chinese Soft Power in the U.S. Classroom (pages 329–349)
Jennifer Hubbert

Citizen–Auditors and Visible Subjects: Mi Familia Progresa and Transparency Politics in Guatemala (pages 350–370)
Rachel Dotson


Disillusion, Embodiment and Violent Reconciliations: Engaged Anthropology on Rwanda, El Salvador, and Peru (pages 371–375)
Sverker Finnström

News Media and the Manufacture of Liberal Lifeworlds (pages 376–382)
Andrew Graan


We are pleased to announce the Political and Legal Anthropology Review’s second Online Book Review Issue, a supplement for Fall 2014. Publication of online reviews reflects the journal’s ongoing commitment to providing timely book reviews via original open-access content. Comprised of 19 book reviews, the issue is available on this website at