Bridging Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe / Edition 1

Bridging Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe / Edition 1

by Eve Darian-Smith
     
 


"Bridging Divides is an exhilarating ethnography which uses its main research object—the Tunnel that now both connects and separates England and France—to open up a rich analytical window through which we can "see" such diverse themes as law and landscape, political and spatial relations, national identity and cultural hybridity, nation-stateSee more details below

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"Bridging Divides is an exhilarating ethnography which uses its main research object—the Tunnel that now both connects and separates England and France—to open up a rich analytical window through which we can "see" such diverse themes as law and landscape, political and spatial relations, national identity and cultural hybridity, nation-state sovereignty and the European Union, transnationalism and neonationalism. Darian-Smith's sophisticated analysis will show the new generation of social scientists how far a creative methodology can take us in understanding our societies."—Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Darian-Smith literally and figuratively ventures into new territory in this perceptive book. Visually sensitive and politically perceptive, she inspects everything from law to gardens as she explores the variable and metaphoric placement of cultural meanings in objects and practices. A bold experiment that addresses the way national identities and boundaries are being reconfigured and revised today."—Sally Falk Moore, Harvard University

"Eve Darian-Smith takes the building of the cross-channel tunnel between England and France as an occasion to rethink the constitution of nationalism and national identity. Theoretically rich and empirically rigorous, Bridging Divides is a model of interdisciplinary legal scholarship and a must read for anyone wanting a glimpse over the horizon at cutting-edge research.—Austin Sarat, Amherst College

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520216112
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Eve Darian-Smith is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and coeditor, with Peter Fitzpatrick, of Laws of the Postcolonial (1998). She trained in anthropology at Harvard and the University of Chicago, and has also practiced law in Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction1
1Landscape and Law in the English Imagination17
2Kent: Garden of England and Gateway to Europe41
3Napoleon's Long Shadow, 1802-1985: The Conflation of Territory, Identity, and Nationalism71
4Penetrating Britannia, 1986-1994: The Continuing Significance of Sovereignty94
5"The Assassination of Kent": Local Politics, Environmental Concerns, and Rethinking the Centrality of British Law117
6Rabies Rides the Fast Train: Transnational Interactions in Postcolonial Times141
7Locating a Reinvigorated Kentish Identity: New Connections, New Divisions160
Conclusion: A Shifting Perspective on Europe189
Appendix 1Key Dates in the History of the Channel Tunnel Project197
Appendix 2An Analysis of European Union Survey Statistics on Attitudes toward the Channel Tunnel204
Appendix 3A Summary of European Union Treaties, Legislation, and Agreements Relevant to the Channel Tunnel211
Bibliography221
Index253

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