Spatializing Law: An Anthropological Geography of Law in Society

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Professor Anne Griffiths, Professor Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Professor Franz von Benda-Beckmann
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Feb 28, 2013 - Law - 240 pages
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Spatializing Law: An Anthropological Geography of Law in Society focuses on law and its location, exploring how spaces are constructed on the terrestrial and marine surface of the earth with legal means in a rich variety of socio-political, legal and ecological settings. The contributors explore the interrelations between social spaces and physical space, highlighting the ways in which legal rules may localise people's rights and obligations in social space that may be mapped onto physical space. This volume also demonstrates how different notions of space and place become resources that can be mobilised in social, political and economic interaction, paying specific attention to the contradictory ways in which space may be configured and involved in social interaction under conditions of plural legal orders. Spatializing Law makes a significant contribution to the anthropological geography of law and will be useful to scholars across a broad array of disciplines.
 

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Contents

Peasant Community and Territorial Strategies
31
Law and the Contestation
57
The Spatial and Temporal Role of Law in Natural Resource
75
Arguing Ones Land in Pasir
95
Contested Spaces of Authority in Indonesia
115
Reconstructing Space
157
The Regulation of Commodity Exchange in Southern Africa
177
Can There be Maps of Law?
195
Index
219
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Franz von Benda-Beckmann is a research affiliate of the Department of Law and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany. Until 2012, he co-headed the Project Group Legal Pluralism, with Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, at this institute. He is an honorary professor of the universities of Leipzig and Halle.

Keebet von Benda-Beckmann is a research affiliate of the Department of Law and Anthropology of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany. Until 2012, she co-headed the Project Group Legal Pluralism, with Franz von Benda-Beckmann, at this institute. She is an honorary professor of the universities of Leipzig and Halle.

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