“Speaking Justice to Power” Since 1973

The study of politics and law is critical to unpacking the operation of power in society and identifying possible pathways to social change. For contemporary political and legal anthropology, our greatest challenge may be the very unboundedness of that charge, and the almost staggering potential for our work to influence understanding, policy and practice, and […]

Trump’s Wall and the Dictator Aesthetic

Well, look, we’re going to have a border. It’s going to be a real border, and we’re going to build a wall and it’s going to be a serious wall. Just remember that. And you remember I said it…. It’s going to be a serious wall. It’s going to be a real wall. It’s not going to […]

APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize 2017

Writing Mentor, Cash Award, Travel Expenses & Publication Opportunity The Association for Political & Legal Anthropology (APLA) Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including MA, PhD, JD, LLM, SJD, etc.) to send stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and/or legal institutions and processes. Topics may include citizenship; colonialism […]

My Propinquity Towards Grandiose Narratives

Our book, The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region: Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions (Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez and Josiah Heyman, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017: 401 pp.) is a labor of affection and hopefully a contribution to recasting a region that is often mischaracterized by only the brittle, bifurcating borderline imposed upon a common ecology only two grandmothers ago […]

Ethnography and Street Photography

Two Arts of Serendipity Street photography, notes Magnum photographer Alex Webb, is a practice of harnessing serendipity. Photographers never know what they are going to find when they go out on the streets. They have to stay open to what comes their way and be ready for it when it does. They have to let […]