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The Spirit of the Laws in Mozambique / Juan Obarrio.

Author/Creator:
Obarrio, Juan, author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (280 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Citizenship -- Mozambique.
Customary law -- Mozambique.
Ethnology -- Mozambique.
Law -- Mozambique.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Mozambique has been hailed as a success story by the international community, which has watched it evolve through a series of violent political upheavals: from colonialism, through socialism, to its current democracy. As Juan Obarrio shows, however, this view neglects a crucial element in Mozambique's transition to the rule of law: the reestablishment of traditional chieftainship and customs entangled within a history of colonial violence and civil war. Drawing on extensive historical records and ethnographic fieldwork, he examines the role of customary law in Mozambique to ask a larger question: what is the place of law in the neoliberal era, in which the juridical and the economic are deeply intertwined in an ongoing state of structural adjustment? Having made the transition from a people's republic to democratic rule in the 1990s, Mozambique offers a fascinating case of postwar reconstruction, economic opening, and transitional justice, one in which the customary has played a central role. Obarrio shows how its sovereignty has met countless ambiguities within the entanglements of local community, nation-state, and international structures. The postcolonial nation-state emerges as a maze of entangled jurisdictions. Ultimately, he looks toward local rituals and relations as producing an emergent kind of citizenship in Africa, which he dubs "customary citizenship," forming not a vestige of the past but a yet ill-defined political future.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Introduction The Spirit of the Laws
Part I
Chapter one Mozambique: Before the Law
Chapter two Law as History
Chapter three The State of Things
Part II
Chapter four A Minor State
Chapter five Poetic Justice
Chapter six Next of Kin
Chapter seven Subject: To the Law
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Notes
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 25. Feb 2021)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226154053
OCLC:
1233040743
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226154053 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.