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Of Children and Jinn: An Inquiry into an Unexpected Friendship during Uncertain Times

Truth, Fear, and Lies: Exile Politics and Arrested Histories of the Tibetan Resistance

The Good Russian Prisoner: Naturalizing Violence in the Caucasus Mountains

Discipline and the Arts of Domination: Rituals of Respect in Chimborazo, Ecuador

The Bakassi Boys: Vigilantism, Violence, and Political Imagination in Nigeria

Violence and the Rhetoric of Images

Cyborg Violence: Bursting Borders and Bodies with Queer Machines

From the “Clean Snows of Petawawa”: The Violence of Canadian Peacekeepers in Somalia

Reporting from Jerusalem

The Salt of the Montaña: Interpreting Indigenous Activism in the Rain Forest

A Carceral Regime: Violence and Social Memory in Southwest China

Doing Violence to Ethnography: A Response to Catherine Besteman's "Representing Violence and 'Othering' Somalia"

Primordialist Blinders: A Reply to I. M. Lewis

The UN Security Council, Indifference, and Genocide in Rwanda

Speechless Emissaries: Refugees, Humanitarianism, and Dehistoricization

Representing Violence and “Othering” Somalia

Fear as a Way of Life

Lost in America

Peru In Deep Trouble: Mario Vargas Llosa's “Inquest in the Andes” Reexamined

Shame, Witchcraft, and Social Control: The Case of an Awa-Coaiquer Interloper

Essential Outlines of Crime and Madness: Man-Fights in São Luís

Occupational Hazards: Palestine Ethnography

Risk in Culture: The American Conflict over Nuclear Power

Red Hornbill Earrings: Ilongot Ideas of Self, Beauty, and Health