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Law against the State

Law against the State Ethnographic Forays into Law's Transformations

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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9781107014664
  • Published In: May 2012
  • Format: Hardback , 306 pages
  • Jurisdiction: International ? Disclaimer:
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    This collection of rich, empirically grounded case studies investigates the conditions and consequences of 'juridification' – the use of law by ordinary individuals as a form of protest against 'the state'. Starting from the actual practices of claimants, these case studies address the translation and interpretation of legal norms into local concepts, actions and practices in a way that highlights the social and cultural dynamism and multivocality of communities in their interaction with the law and legal norms. The contributors to this volume challenge the image of homogeneous and primordially norm-bound cultures that has been (unintentionally) perpetuated by some of the more prevalent treatments of law and culture. This volume highlights the heterogeneous geography of law and the ways boundaries between different legal bodies are transcended in struggles for rights. Contributions include case studies from South Africa, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Turkey, India, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, the Marshall Islands and Russia.

    • Dynamic, ethnographically rich case studies from across the globe

    • Compelling for readers who are interested in real-life interactions with law

    • Empirically grounded analysis of legal institutions across a variety of scales

  • Notes on contributors
    ix
    Acknowledgements
    xiv
    Introduction:Law’s travels and transformations
    Julia Eckert, Zerrin Özlem Biner, Brian Donahoe and Christian Strümpell
    1
    1     Juridification of indigenous politics
    Stuart Kirsch
    23
    2     Naming, claiming, proving? The burden of proof issue for Russia’s indigenous peoples
    Brian Donahoe
    44
    3     Human rights and village headmen in Malawi: translation beyond vernacularisation
    Harri Englund
    70
    4     Juridification, transitional justice and reaching out to the public in Sierra Leone
    Gerhard Anders
    94
    5     The juridification of political protest and the politicisation of legalism in South African land restitution
    Olaf Zenker
    118
    6     Rumours of rights
    Julia Eckert
    147
    7     Public interest and private compromises: the politics of environmental negotiation in Delhi, India
    Amita Baviskar
    171
    8     Law against displacement: the juridification of tribal protest in Rourkela, Orissa
    Christian Strümpell
    202
    9     Documenting ‘truth’ in the margins of the Turkish state
    Zerrin Özlem Biner
    228
    10    The ones who walk away: law, sacrifice and conscientious objection in Turkey
    Erdem Evren
    245
    Epilogue:Changing paradigms of human rights
    Upendra Baxi
    266
    Index
    286
  • Professor Julia Eckert
    Universität Bern, Switzerland

    Dr Brian Donahoe
    Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

    Professor Christian Strümpell
    Universität Heidelberg

    Dr Zerrin Özlem Biner
    University of Cambridge

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