Rezension: Mark Goodale, Anthropology and Law: A Critical Introduction, New York University Press, 2017
Bens, Jonas – 2018
In his book Anthropology and Law: A Critical Introduction, Mark Goodale gives a concise overview on the contemporary anthropology of law. In Goodale’s narrative, the recent history of legal anthropology emerged with the end of the Cold War, “at a historical moment—fleeting as it turned out to be—when the Kantian ‘sweet dream’ of perpetual peace was being grounded in a cosmopolitan legal imaginary to an extraordinary degree” (200). This liminal moment started developments such as “the juridification of politics, identity (such as indigenous rights), and social organization, at the same time in which global inequality was growing steadily” (211). From this time on, anthropologists began to be interested, much more than before, in international legal orders and transnational legal pluralism. Goodale aims at presenting many of the fruits of over 25 years of such investigations.