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Law And Disorder in the Postcolony (Hardcover)

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Are postcolonies haunted more by criminal violence than other nation-states? The usual answer is yes. In "Law and Disorder in the Postcolony," Jean and John Comaroff and a group of respected theorists show that the question is misplaced: that the predicament of postcolonies arises from their place in a world order dominated by new modes of governance, new sorts of empires, new species of wealth— an order that tends to criminalize poverty and race, entraps the “ south” in relations of corruption, and displaces politics into the realms of the market, criminal economies, and the courts.
                As these essays make plain, however, there is another side to postcoloniality: while   many postcolonies show signs of endemic disorder, they also fetishize the law, its ways and its means. How are we to explain the coincidence of disorder with a fixation on legalities? "Law and Disorder in the Postcolony" addresses this question, entering into critical dialogue with such theorists as Jean-Franç ois Bayart, Walter Benjamin, and Giorgio Agamben. 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.


Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226114088
SKU 202743591
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0226114082
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0357
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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