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Cambridge Studies in Law and Society: Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in Law and Society: Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 25/05/2009
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By taking up the challenge of documenting how human rights values are embedded in rule of law movements to produce a new language of international justice that competes with a range of other formations, this book explores how notions of justice are negotiated through everyday micropractices and grassroots contestations of those practices. These micropractices include speech acts that revere the protection of international rights, citation references to treaty documents, the brokering of human rights agendas, the rewriting of national constitutions, demonstrations of religiosity that make explicit the piety of religious subjects, and ritual practices of forgiveness that involve the invocation of ancestral religious cosmologies - all practices that detail the ways that justice is made real.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521717793
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... this book is the first serious attempt to engage with the wider anthropological and political dimensions of the ICC's jurisdiction and power ... a worthwhile read as it is an excellent dissection of the cases, current scholarship, and perceptions relating to the topic.' Journal of Law and Society
'... relevant and important ... invite[s] us to think more carefully about the purpose of transitional justice - stated and implicit - and about the interaction of international and local culture.' Rachel Kerr, International Journal of Transitional Justice
'... the theoretical scope is ambitious, the data are fascinating, and the analysis is incisive. These qualities make the book a must-read in the anthropology of human rights and humanitarianism.' Niklas Hultin, American Anthropologist
"Kamari Clarke's Fictions of Justice is a sprawling, challenging work that is part of an emerging anthropological literature on international criminal justice and that builds upon and extends the last two decades of anthropological literature on human rights ... Fictions of Justice has a great deal of merit; the theoretical scope is ambitious, the data are fascinating, and the analysis is incisive. These qualities make the book a must-read in the anthropology of human rights and humanitarianism." Niklas Hultin, University of Virginia and University of Cambridge, American Anthropologist

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