LAW AND DISORDER IN THE POSTCOLONY PDF

Are postcolonies haunted more by criminal violence than other nation-states? The usual answer is yes. As these essays make plain, however, there is another side to postcoloniality: while postcolonies live in states of endemic disorder, many of them fetishize the law, its ways and itsmeans. How is the coincidence of disorder with a fixation on legalities to be explained? Law and Disorder in the Postcolony addresses this question, entering into critical dialogue with such theorists as Benjamin, Agamben, and Bayart. In the process, it also demonstrates how postcolonies have become crucial sites for the production of contemporary theory, not least because they are harbingers of a global future under construction.

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Are postcolonies haunted more by criminal violence than other nation-states? The usual answer is yes. As these essays make plain, however, there is another side to postcoloniality: while postcolonies live in states of endemic disorder, many of them fetishize the law, its ways and itsmeans. How is the coincidence of disorder with a fixation on legalities to be explained?

Law and Disorder in the Postcolony addresses this question, entering into critical dialogue with such theorists as Benjamin, Agamben, and Bayart. In the process, it also demonstrates how postcolonies have become crucial sites for the production of contemporary theory, not least because they are harbingers of a global future under construction. Jean Comaroff is the Bernard E. John L. Comaroff is the Harold W. Both are honorary professors at the University of Cape Town.

It offers a feast of empirical insights that bring the anthropology of legality into the very center of postcolonial studies, places the South African experience in a highly original global perspective, and shows that the relationship between law and legality is both contradictory and generative.

These essays offer provocative insights into the extent of violence and disorder in various situations and the complicated and often ineffectual, performative, and even complicit role played by police and other agents of state order. There are numerous forms of disorder presented here, from more conventional criminality to vigilante justice to state violence.

These are rich and fascinating glimpses into a world of disorder that follows its own forms of order. Open Access. About Us. English Deutsch. Sign In Create Profile.

Advanced Search Help. Subject Areas Subject Areas. Law and Disorder in the Postcolony. Overview Contents Are postcolonies haunted more by criminal violence than other nation-states? Author Information. Though the volume takes the 'post-colony' as its temporal focus, the innovative strategies that the various contribnutors use in anthropologizing 'criminality' render their work useful to scholars of colonial situations as well. This material not only shows the variety of situations in which we can detect the dialectic of law and disorder that the Comaroffs theorize in their introductory summation.

Equally important, they point to new directions in which the theorization can be usefully developed. Social Sciences Sociology Sociology, other. Add to Cart. Audience: Professional and scholarly;. Sign Up. Primary occupation. Subject area. Sign up for free. De Gruyter Mouton. De Gruyter Oldenbourg. De Gruyter Saur. Deutscher Kunstverlag.

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Law and Disorder in the Postcolony

Edited by Jean Comaroff and John L. Are postcolonies haunted more by criminal violence than other nation-states? The usual answer is yes. As these essays make plain, however, there is another side to postcoloniality: while postcolonies live in states of endemic disorder, many of them fetishize the law, its ways and itsmeans. How is the coincidence of disorder with a fixation on legalities to be explained? Law and Disorder in the Postcolony addresses this question, entering into critical dialogue with such theorists as Benjamin, Agamben, and Bayart. In the process, it also demonstrates how postcolonies have become crucial sites for the production of contemporary theory, not least because they are harbingers of a global future under construction.

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