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Anthropological Perspectives on Legal Pluralism and Governance in a Transnational World

Anne Griffiths

in Law and Anthropology

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199580910
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0007

Series: Current Legal Issues

 Anthropological Perspectives on Legal Pluralism and Governance in a Transnational World

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This chapter presents case studies that illuminate how different actors make and maintain law in various settings that represent very diverse constellations of power. They explore the ways in which law constitutes and legitimates power by analyzing different activities through which it is exercised, including its decisional, regulatory, and discursive properties. For law plays an important part in creating, producing, and enforcing meanings of concepts such as ‘justice’, ‘authority’, and ‘rights’; and in instantiating notions of ‘legality’ that may be invoked by different social actors in their construction of hegemonic and counter-hegemonic discourses.

Keywords: law; anthropology; legal pluralism; governance

Chapter.  11336 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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