Too Big to Fail
Cornell University - Law School
October 1, 2011
In Recasting Anthropological Knowledge: Inspiration and Social Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2011.
This essay, written for a festschrift volume dedicated to the work of Marilyn Strathern, considers how Strathern's work on relationality, personhood and form illuminates current debates about state-market relations after the financial crisis. Focusing on corporate personhood, in the aftermath of the American occupation of Japan on the one hand, and the debates in legal theory between Hans Kelsen and Karl Schmitt on the other, it reframes the crisis of state legitimacy as a question of the failure of legal form.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: Strathern, too big to fail, Japan, Karl Schmitt, Hans Kelsen, legal form
Date posted: October 6, 2013 ; Last revised: November 12, 2013
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