Spillover exceeds the printed page. It contains original material that is connected to the topics discussed in issues of PoLAR, showcasing the exchange of knowledge and ideas. In these on-line sections, we connect established scholars with the new generation of political and legal anthropologists. Younger scholars can enter into direct conversations with leaders in their fields. A question motivates each topic:
Anthropologists have acknowledged that academic and activist endeavors are not autonomous. The presumed borders between them are, as Sally Merry writes, porous. How have anthropologists navigated these fields, and what can it tell us about ‘fieldwork’ more generally?
Fieldwork poses challenges, some anticipated and some unforeseen, for any ethnographer. How do these back stories inform the narratives we write (or do not write) and the pages of PoLAR?
Anthropologists sent early warnings about the problems that could arise when NGOs become major players in social change. What have we learned about NGOs in more than two decades of research across the globe?