Anthropology as Critical Legal Intervention? Instrumentalization, Co-Construction and Critical Reformulation in the Relationship between Anthropology and International Law
University of London, Birkbeck College School of Law; King's College London School of Law; Humboldt University of Berlin
UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2009
This article creates a 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.
Keywords: International law, anthropology, production of knowledge
JEL Classification: K33Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 20, 2011
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