The Power of Law in a Transnational World: Anthropological Enquiries

Anne Griffiths (Editor), Franz von Benda-Beckmann (Editor), Keebet von Benda-Beckmann (Editor)

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Abstract / Description of output

How is law mobilized and who has the power and authority to construct its meaning? This important volume examines this question as well as how law is constituted and reconfigured through social processes that frame both its continuity and transformation over time. The volume highlights how power is deployed under conditions of legal pluralism, exploring its effects on livelihoods and on social institutions, including the state. Such an approach not only demonstrates how the state, through its various development programs and organizational structures, attempts to control territory and people, but also relates the mechanisms of state control to other legal modes of control and regulation at both local and supranational levels.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages248
ISBN (Electronic)9781845459161
ISBN (Print)9781845454234, 9780857456151
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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