Law and Disorder in the Postcolony / Edition 1

Law and Disorder in the Postcolony / Edition 1

by Jean Comaroff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226114090

ISBN-13: 9780226114095

Pub. Date: 11/01/2006

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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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-François 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226114095
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,392,068
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents Preface....................vii
1. Law and Disorder in the Postcolony: An Introduction John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff....................1
2. The Mute and the Unspeakable: Political Subjectivity, Violent Crime, and "the Sexual Thing" in a South African Mining Community Rosalind C. Morris....................57
3. "I Came to Sabotage Your Reasoning!": Violence and Resignifications of Justice in Brazil Teresa P. R. Caldeira....................102
4. Death Squads and Democracy in Northeast Brazil Nancy Scheper-Hughes....................150
5. Some Notes on Disorder in the Indonesian Postcolony Patricia Spyer....................188
6. Witchcraft and the Limits of the Law: Cameroon and South Africa Peter Geschiere....................219
7. The Ethics of Illegality in the Chad Basin Janet Roitman....................247
8. Criminal Obsessions, after Foucault: Postcoloniality, Policing, and the Metaphysics of Disorder Jean Comaroff and John L. Comaroff....................273
9. On Politics as a Form of Expenditure Achille Mbembe....................299
Contributors....................337
Index....................341

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