The Power of Law in a Transnational World. Anthropological enquiries
Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Anne Griffiths (eds.)
New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books
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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.