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Too Big to Fail

In Recasting Anthropological Knowledge: Inspiration and Social Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2011.

21 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2013 Last revised: 12 Nov 2013

Annelise Riles

Cornell University - Law School

Date Written: October 1, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Strathern, too big to fail, Japan, Karl Schmitt, Hans Kelsen, legal form

Suggested Citation

Riles, Annelise, Too Big to Fail (October 1, 2011). In Recasting Anthropological Knowledge: Inspiration and Social Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2011.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2334353 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2334353

Annelise Riles (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Law School ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States

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