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Routledge Handbook of Law, Race and the Postcolonial is a comprehensive and original reference work setting out contemporary issues and theoretical aspects relating to postcolonialism, race and the law. The contributions examine juridical apparatuses as they operate in concert with economic and ethical frameworks, procedures, and architectures. Instead of approaching law as a self-sufficient instrument of power, this volume exposes the complex terrain of deployment and operation of legal instruments and how they, along with economic mechanisms and ethical programmes, participate in the constitution of the political space shared by both former colonial powers and colonies.
The volume features new, specially commissioned papers by a range of international and leading experts in the field. The chapters represent a range of texts that explore and critique the statements, narratives, and structures of the legal, economic, and moral texts and practices that characterize colonial and racial subjugation. With a comprehensive introduction written by the editors the handbook places the collected material in its historical context while tracing the trajectory of postcolonialism and the legal to its current critical and political engagements.