State Violence and Human Rights: State Officials in the South by Steffen JensenState Violence and Human Rights: State Officials in the South by Steffen Jensen

State Violence and Human Rights: State Officials in the South

EditorSteffen Jensen, Andrew Jefferson

Hardcover | June 4, 2009

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State Violence and Human Rightsaddresses how legal practices ' rooted in global human rights discourse or local demands ' take hold in societies where issues of state violence remain to be resolved. Attempts to make societies accountable to human rights norms regularly draw on international legal conventions governing state conduct. As such, interventions tend to be based on inherently normative assumptions about conflict, justice, rights and law, and so often fail to take into consideration the reality of local circumstances, and in particular of state institutions and their structures of authority. Against the grain of these analyses,State Violence and Human Rightstakes as its point of departure the fact that law and authority are contested. Grounded in the recognition that concepts of rights and legal practices are not fixed, the contributors to this volume address their contestation 'in situ'; as they focus on the everyday practices of state officials, non-state authorities and reformers. Addressing how state representatives ' the police officer, the prison officer, the ex-combatant militia member, the hangman and the traditional leader ' have to negotiate the tensions between international legal imperatives, the expectations of donors, the demands of institutions, as well as their own interests, this volume thus explores how legal discourses are translated from policy into everyday practice.

Title:State Violence and Human Rights: State Officials in the SouthFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.9 inPublished:June 4, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415477727

ISBN - 13:9780415477727


Table of Contents

IntroductionAndrew M. JeffersonandSteffen Jensen  1. The Politics of Palestinian Legal Reform: Judicial Independence and Accountability Under OccupationTobias Kelly  2. Traditional Authority and Localization of State Law: The Intricacies of Boundary Making in Policing Rural MozambiqueHelene Maria Kyed  3. The Vision of the State: Audiences, Enchantments and Policing in South AfricaSteffen Jensen  4. Translating Human Rights in the Margins: A Police-Migrant Encounter in JohannesburgJulia Hornberger  5. The Special Field Force and Namibian Ex-Combatant 'Reintegration'Lalli Metsola  6. On Hangings and the Dubious Embodiment of Statehood in Nigerian PrisonsAndrew M. Jefferson  7.  Taking the Snake out of the Basket ' Indian Prison Warders' Opposition to Human Rights ReformTomas Martin  8. Community Policing Programmes as Police Human Rights Strategies in Costa RicaQuirine Eijkman 9. Commentary: The Piggy-in-the-MiddleMike Brogden