The Governance of Legal Pluralism

Empirical Studies from Africa and Beyond

Edited by: Werner Zips, Markus Weilenmann

Law is considered by lawyers and sociologists to be at the very center of social integration in Western societies, whereas social anthropological discourses regard law as marginal in non-Western societies. Empirical studies of multi-sited legal frameworks in many post-colonial political settings demonstrate the difficulties to achieve any predictable mode of governance, much less "good governance." This book challenges both the marginalization of legal arrangements and discourses in social anthropology, as well as the marginalization of legal anthropology within social anthropology. It combines the related fields of Political and Legal Anthropology in order to contribute towards a meaningful (re)integration of the anthropology of law into the mainstream of social anthropology. (Series: Ethnologie: Forschung und Wissenschaft - Vol. 12)

304 pages

Publication Date: 2/17/2011
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783825898229