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Everyday Justice

Everyday Justice
Law, Ethnography, Injustice

Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

Sandra Brunnegger, Ronald Niezen, Laavanya Kathiravelu, Agathe C. Mora, Sari Wastell, Kathleen M. Sullivan, Santiago Abel Amietta, Eve Houghton, Carol J. Greenhouse
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  • Publication planned for: March 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108487214


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  • Everyday Justice amply demonstrates the value of revitalising the theme of justice in ethnographic work by revealing how both justice and injustice are woven into the fabric of the everyday life in manifold and widely differing ways. The authors account for this complexity across particular social relations, places, and times, disavowing any attempt to essentialize the construal of justice both as an idea and in practice. By means of this approach, concepts and experiences of justice are rendered analytically visible. In the best scholarly tradition, Everyday Justice provides theoretical readings of justice and injustice, justice and law, as well as relational justice, designed to cut through the specificity of myriad social, political and legal conjunctures. One outcome is to orient readers to future research, by highlighting ethnographically specific, yet theoretically distinctive, questions about justice. This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in justice in theory and practice.

    • Provides both ethnographic material and theoretical reflections on justice
    • Opens up new approaches for conceptualizing justice, thereby advancing our understanding of key social and political concepts
    • Offers perspectives on, and compelling cross-cultural insights into, law, politics, social justice, and activism
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    'Justice is more often felt than grasped intellectually, its everyday contexts accounting for its special bite. In this superb collection of essays the authors demonstrate how those contexts give meaning to local justice and how a sophisticated sense of its presence or absence depends on its socio-cultural surround. These timely studies complement and extend philosophical discussions of justice by showing its centrality to our different ways of experiencing the quotidian world as orderly and fair.' Lawrence Rosen, Princeton University, New Jersey

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    • Publication planned for: March 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108487214
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Theorizing everyday justice Sandra Brunnegger
    Part I. Possibilities of Everyday Justice:
    2. Street justice: graffiti and claims-making in urban public space Ronald Niezen
    3. Seeking respect, fairness, and community: low wage migrants, authoritarian regimes and the everyday urban Laavanya Kathiravelu
    Part II. The Force of Everyday Justice:
    4. 'We don't work for the Serbs, we work for human rights': justice and impartiality in transitional Kosovo Agathe C. Mora
    5. The enduring transition: temporality, human security and competing notions of justice inside and outside of the law in Bosnia and Herzegovina Sari Wastell
    Part III. Everyday Justice Unbound:
    6. Troubled currents and the contentious moral orderings of Drakes Estero Kathleen M. Sullivan
    7. Everyday justice at the courthouse? Governing lay participation in Argentina's criminal trials Santiago Abel Amietta
    8. Ever in the making: actors and injustice in a Papua New Guinea village court Eve Houghton
    9. Afterword Carol J. Greenhouse.

  • Editor

    Sandra Brunnegger, University of Cambridge
    Sandra Brunnegger is Official Fellow and College Lecturer at St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge.


    Sandra Brunnegger, Ronald Niezen, Laavanya Kathiravelu, Agathe C. Mora, Sari Wastell, Kathleen M. Sullivan, Santiago Abel Amietta, Eve Houghton, Carol J. Greenhouse

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