The journal of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA), PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review is devoted to the anthropology of law and politics, most broadly conceived. This innovative interdisciplinary publication features articles on such issues as nationalism, citizenship, political and legal processes, the state, civil society, colonialism, postcolonial public spheres, multiculturalism, and media politics. It publishes work that is distinguished by its innovative definition of problems, ethnographic orientation, or theoretical outlook. We welcome submissions of manuscripts between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length. Contact us at

Editors of Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR):
Georgina Ramsay (2021-24)

Sindiso Minisi Weeks (2021-24)

PoLAR Online Editor: Jennifer Curtis
Book Review Editors: Matt Canfield (2021-24) & Smoki Musaraj
Managing Editor: Lisa Brodsky
Copy Editor: Lila Stromer

Information for Contributors: Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words in length, book reviews should be from 800-1,000 words, and contributions to the Directions section should be between 900 and 4,000 words in length. All word counts should include notes and references. Manuscripts submitted to PoLAR must not be under consideration by another journal or have been previously published. Prospective authors may submit manuscripts via All formatting should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Our author guidelines provide specific examples using this style.

Ordering Information

PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review is available by subscription. Rates are available here. Institutions may contact PoLAR’s editorial offices to request a review copy. To subscribe, institutions may contact Wiley-Blackwell. Members of the APLA Section of the American Anthropological Association receive the PoLAR as part of their membership. For further information on membership in the American Anthropological Association (AAA), please visit the Member Services page on the AAA website.

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