In 2008, PoLAR began to post “spillover” sections on this website. Spillover sections contain original material that is connected to the topics discussed in issues of PoLAR. In its on-line sections, the journal connects established scholars with the new generation of political and legal anthropologists. Younger scholars who submit articles and are published in PoLAR enter into direct conversations with leaders in their fields. Click on links below for particular topics. You will also find links to syllabi relating to these topics on our Teaching page.
WHY STUDY THE TRIAL? WHAT IS GAINED OR LOST WHEN WE SELECT PARTICULAR METHODS FOR EXAMINING TRIALS? HOW DO THE EVENTS IN A TRIAL CONNECT WITH WIDER SOCIAL OR LEGAL ISSUES?
HOW DO ANTHROPOLOGISTS APPROACH THE STUDY OF CRIME? WHAT IS NEW ABOUT CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH ON CRIME AND THE STATE?
LAWS THAT PURPORT TO PROTECT INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAN FREQUENTLY WIND UP DISENFRANCHISING THEM IN SUBTLE OR OBVIOUS WAYS. WHY, THEN, DO SOME NATIVE AMERICANS CONTINUE TO WORK WITH AND EVEN BELIEVE IN FORMAL U.S. LAW?