The Anthropology of Law: Perspectives from Africa and Elsewhere

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Spring 2014 Course
Meets: W 2:00pm - 4:00pm
2 classroom credits

The seminar will meet weekly, Wednesdays 2.00-4.00 (Spring), in the Locke Room, 230 Barker Center. The early weeks will be devoted to (i) classical readings in the field and (ii) theoretical questions, old and new. The later weeks will address the topics of (iii) law and colonialism, (iv) liberalism, difference, and the law in the postcolonial world, and (v) the judicialization of politics across the globe. Throughout, attention will be given to comparative perspectives in both time and space – and to the lessons to be learned from the anthropology of law for interrogating the present moment in the USA and Europe. Each session, with the exception of the first (January 28), will begin with an overview of the topic under discussion, and end with a summary statement; in between, the set readings will be introduced by participants in the course, who will be expected to offer a critical synopsis of the most significant points at issue and raise questions for our collective conversation.

Note: This course is jointly-listed with FAS as AAAS190X.