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Anthropology as critical legal intervention: instrumentalization, co-construction and critical reformulation in the relationship between anthropology and international Law

Bruce-Jones, Eddie (2009) Anthropology as critical legal intervention: instrumentalization, co-construction and critical reformulation in the relationship between anthropology and international Law. UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 14 (2), pp. 331-366. ISSN 1089-2605.

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Abstract

This article creates a coherent way to imagine the relationship between law and anthropology. It describes an analytical separation between three overlapping and interacting branches, aiming to present the relationship in a way that is instructive and programmatic. This article first highlights relevant methods and epistemologies of law and anthropology. Then it explores three central branches of anthropological-legal interaction, framed respectively as instrumentalization, co-construction, and critical reformulation. Ultimately, the article posits that the tensions between anthropology and law, including the (mis)appropriation of anthropology by law, can be theorized and repositioned as a means of more critically understanding how power and culturally-informed perspectives coordinate the production of legal knowledge.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2011 14:33
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3807

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