Global Norms and Local Courts: Translating the Rule of Law in Bangladesh by Tobias BergerGlobal Norms and Local Courts: Translating the Rule of Law in Bangladesh by Tobias Berger

Global Norms and Local Courts: Translating the Rule of Law in Bangladesh

byTobias Berger

Hardcover | October 28, 2017

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What happens to transnational norms when they travel from one place to another? How do norms change when they move; and how do they affect the place where they arrive? This book develops a novel theoretical account of norm translation that is located in between theories of norm diffusion andnorm localization. It demonstrates how such translations do not follow linear trajectories from "the global" to "the local", rather, they unfold in a recursive back and forth movement between different actors located in different context. As norms are translated, their meaning changes; and only iftheir meaning changes in ways that are intelligible to people within a specific context, the social and political dynamics of this context do change as well. This book analyses translations of "the rule of law", focusing on contemporary donor-driven projects with non-state courts in rural Bangladesh, and shows how in these projects, global norms change local courts - but only if they are translated, often in unexpected ways from the perspective ofinternational actors. Based on extensive fieldwork, this book reveals how grassroots level employees of local NGOs significantly alter the meaning of global norms - for example when they translate secular notions of the rule of law into the language of Islam and Islamic Law - and only thereby alsoenhance participatory spaces for marginalized people.
Tobias Berger is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Freie Universitat Berlin. Having studied at SOAS, Oxford, and Berlin, he obtained he PhD at the Freie Unviersitat in 2014. He was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Social Anth...
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Title:Global Norms and Local Courts: Translating the Rule of Law in BangladeshFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:October 28, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198807864

ISBN - 13:9780198807865

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Global Norms and Local CourtsPart I2. Norms in Translations3. The Village Courts in Bangladesh4. Between the State and the Shalish: the Logic of Non-EnforcementPart II5. The Project 'Activating the Village Courts'6. Translating Institutions7. Translating Practices and Normative Orders8. Conclusion: All that's Lost in Re-Translation