November 2016

The November 2016 issue of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (Volume 39, Issue 2) is now available. It features 10 original articles. In their editorial introduction, Heath Cabot and William Garriott write:

Before turning to the content of our issue, we want to encourage readers to check out the PoLAR website at Thanks to associate editor, Kate Henne, web editor, Jennifer Curtis, and the team of digital fellows, we have some new and exciting content. This includes authors’ commentaries on recent books; a new virtual issue (to be released shortly); teaching ideas and author interviews; as well as essays regarding current political and social issues. You will also find links to book reviews on our website. With the help of book review editor, Matthew Wolf-Meyer, book reviews are being published online on our site and also via Wiley Blackwell’s “early view” feature. Our current issue is particularly noteworthy for the sheer diversity of sites it represents, highlighting the range of topics and geographic venues in which political and legal anthropologists are working. Articles by Ather Zia and Katherine Lemons, respectively, explore the complexity of gender roles and kinship in South Asia. Articles also attend closely to language. Alyse Bertenthal’s piece examines the role of speech and discourse in a legal self-help clinic. Andrea E. Pia shows how the meaning of law and civic participation is contested and remade through the talk of Chinese countryside residents. Articles also continue to push forward the anthropological study of bureaucracy and documents. Liviu Chelsea explores the production and use of genealogical charts in Romanian state bureaucracies. Bilge Firat considers the role of political documents in discussions over Turkey’s EU accession. Authors also deal with questions of migration and (im)mobility. Sarah Horton’s article examines how documents necessary for the workplace (oftentimes “loaned” identity documents) are deployed in efforts to control immigration by “governing through crime.” Dillon Mahoney shows how Kenyan craft traders access different forms of mobility through “scale jumping” in their engagement with technology and with social networks. Articles also deal with the relationship between justice, tribunals, and courts. Fiona McCormack analyzes the silences that ensue at the intersection of indigeneity and neoliberalism in Maori tribunals. Avram Bornstein, Anthony Marcus, Ric Curtis, and Sarah Rivera explore the important role of a community court in Brooklyn in shaping access to procedural justice. Read collectively, the articles in this issue showcase how political and legal anthropology continues to illuminate key issues in contexts across the globe.

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