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Fictions of Justice
The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521717793

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  • By taking up the challenge of documenting how human rights values are embedded in rule of law movements to produce a new language of international justice that competes with a range of other formations, this book explores how notions of justice are negotiated through everyday micropractices and grassroots contestations of those practices. These micropractices include speech acts that revere the protection of international rights, citation references to treaty documents, the brokering of human rights agendas, the rewriting of national constitutions, demonstrations of religiosity that make explicit the piety of religious subjects, and ritual practices of forgiveness that involve the invocation of ancestral religious cosmologies – all practices that detail the ways that justice, as a social fiction, is made real within particular relations of power.

    • The realities of the fiction of justice and how it is made in a range of socio-cultural contexts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Kamari Clarke’s Fictions of Justice is a sprawling, challenging work that is part of an emerging anthropological literature on international criminal justice and that builds upon and extends the last two decades of anthropological literature on human rights … Fictions of Justice has a great deal of merit; the theoretical scope is ambitious, the data are fascinating, and the analysis is incisive. These qualities make the book a must-read in the anthropology of human rights and humanitarianism."
    Niklas Hultin, University of Virginia and University of Cambridge, American Anthropologist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521717793
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the rule of law and its imbrications - justice in the making
    Part I. Multiple Domains of Justice:
    1. Micropractices of justice making: the moral and political economy of the 'Rule of Law'
    2. Crafting the victim, crafting the perpetrator: new spaces of power, new specters of justice
    3. Multiple spaces of justice: Uganda, the international criminal court and the politics of inequality
    Part II. The Politics of Incommensurability:
    4. 'Religious' and 'secular' micropractices: the religious roots of secular law, the political content of radical Islamic beliefs
    5. 'The hand will go to hell': Islamic law and the crafting of the spiritual self
    6. Islamic Sharia at the crossroads: human rights challenges and the strategic reworking of vernacular imaginaries.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Human Rights Debates in International Law
    • Law and Order in World History
    • Law, Culture & Society
    • Topographies of Law
  • Author

    Kamari Maxine Clarke, Yale University, Connecticut
    Kamari Maxine Clarke is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale University and senior research scientist at the Yale Law School. Her areas of research explore issues related to transnational religious networks, legal institutions, international criminal law, the interface between culture and power, and its relationship to the modernity of race and late capitalist globalization. Recent articles and books have focused on religious and legal movements and the related production of knowledge and power, including Mapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Communities and Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness. Her forthcoming titles are Testimonies and Transformations: Reflections on the Use of Ethnographic Knowledge and Justice in the Mirror: Law, Culture, and the Making of History. Professor Clarke has lectured in regions in the United States, Canada, South Africa, England, and the Caribbean on a wide range of topics. She is the director of the Yale Center for Transnational Cultural Analysis.

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