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Bruce-Jones, Eddie (2009) 'Anthropology as Critical Legal Intervention? Instrumentalization, Co-Construction and Critical Reformulation in the Relationship between Anthropology and International Law.' UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, 14 (2). pp. 331-366.

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This article creates a coherent 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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: International Law; Refugee Law; Legal Anthropology
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Departments and Subunits
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
J Political Science
K Law
ISSN: 10892605
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2023 12:43
Related URLs: https://www.jst ... stable/45302345 (Publisher URL)

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