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State and Legal Practice in the Caucasus: Anthropological Perspectives on Law and Politics

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Edited by: Iwona Kaliszewska, Stephane Voell

ISBN13: 9781472446909
Published: February 2015
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Legal pluralism and the experience of the state in the Caucasus are at the centre of this edited volume. The book describes how social action and governance takes place in this region affected by a multitude of legal orders. The authors ask how conceptions of order are enforced, used, followed and staged in social networks and legal practice. Principally, how is state perceived and performed in both the North and South Caucasus?

From elections in Dagestan and Armenia to uses of traditional law in Ingushetia and Georgia, from repression of journalism in Azerbaijan to the narrations of anti-corruption campaigns in Georgia - the text reflects the multifarious uses and performances of law and order. The collection includes approaches from different scholarly traditions and their respective theoretical background and therefore forms a unique product of multinational encounter. The volume will be a valuable resource for legal and political anthropologists, ethnohistorians and researchers and academics working in the areas of post-socialism and post-colonialism.

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Law and Society
Pluralism, tradition and perspectives on the state in the Caucasus: introduction, Stephane Voell and Iwona Kaliszewska
Triple laws and quasi-states in the Caucasus, Sergey Arutiunov
The dialectics of nation-state construction in the North Caucasus in the 1920-1930s, Yuri Karpov
Traditional law and blood feud: Svan legal practice in Soviet times and in contemporary Southern Georgia, Natia Jalabadze and Lavrenti Janiashvili
Blood feud in Ingushetia: differences in adat and sharia, Makka Albogachieva
Municipal elections in Dagestan: political events in a village community, Ekaterina Kapustina
The Tbilisi 'street' as a legal and political phenomenon in Georgia, Evgenia Zakharova
Dimensions of honour in Kvemo Kartli, Georgia: the importance of virginity in the name of honour, Elke Kamm
Moral breakdown among the Georgian Svans: a car accident between traditional and state law, Stephane Voell
Lack and excess of state: how Dagestani experience state practices in their everyday life, Iwona Kaliszewska
Informality in a neopatrimonial state: Azerbaijan, Rail Safiyev
Elections in Armenia: Western models and local traditions, Levon Abrahamian and Gayane Shagoyan
Capitalizing on aid: post-war development and state-building in Georgia, Elizabeth Cullen Dunn and Austin Cowley
A guest of a client: community-based tourism in Armenia between industry and hospitality, Gayane Shagoyan
Corruption as institution and habitus: Georgia under Eduard Shevardnadze as seen from the perspective of Pierre Bourdieu's theory of practice, Barbara Christophe
Marketing reforms: the dimension of narratives in Georgia's fight against corruption, Lili Di Puppo