Prison and Coup d’État

About ten years ago I was strolling along Avenida Paulista, Brazil’s most well-known commercial thoroughfare when a person handed me a pamphlet. Without breaking stride, I started to read: “come learn more about this new type of investment.” It was an invitation…

From Structural to Stochastic Violence

Last spring, Karina Biondi, 2017 APLA Book Prize winner, approached us to develop a Speaking Justice to Power series on incarceration and confinement in the Americas, their role in authoritarian political movements…

APLA at AAA 2018: No Small Change

Co-Sponsored by the Society for Economic Anthropology and APLA

Since 2011, anthropologists have been researching cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and the blockchain technologies on which they are based. As…

APLA at AAA 2018: Magical Thinking and Tinkering

In a global context of forced mobility, growing inequality, and economic restructuring and austerity, actors in the social domain face an expanding sphere of intervention and, often, shrinking material…

APLA at AAA 2018: The Uses of Trust

The English legal historian Frederic Maitland argued (around 1900) that the trust was one of the great innovations of his country’s legal development: a flexible legal mechanism that protected property, fostered common purposes…

Book and Paper Prize Winners!

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Book Prize and Graduate Student Paper Prize competitions. Join us at the AAAs to celebrate the authors and hear…

Call for PoLAR Digital Editorial Fellows

In 2012, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review launched the Digital Editorial Fellows (def) Program for graduate students interested in enhancing their knowledge and experience in scholarly electronic communication and publishing…

Speaking Justice to Power

By Jennifer Curtis and Randi Irwin As states in both North and South America expand authoritarian practices of confinement, citizens balance responding to immediate crises, such as the Trump administration’s…

AAA Workshop: Empowering Contingent Faculty

What are your rights as contingent faculty? How can you improve your working conditions? The Society for the Anthropology of Work will host a workshop during the AAAs for contingent faculty to learn…