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Mobile People, Mobile Law Expanding Legal Relations in a Contracting World by Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

Mobile People, Mobile Law Expanding Legal Relations in a Contracting World


Part of the Law, Justice and Power Series


Mobile People, Mobile Law Expanding Legal Relations in a Contracting World by Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

Demonstrating how users of law, who often operate in multi-sited situations, are forced to deal with increasingly complex legal circumstances, this volume focuses on political and social processes through which people appropriate, use and create legal forms in multiple legal settings. It provides new insights into social and political processes through which transnational law is locally appropriated by different actors and presents empirical studies of confrontation, adaptation, vernacularization and hybridization of law due to its transplantation across the borders of national states. The contributors offer insights into modern dynamics of legal change, challenging assumptions about increasing homogeneity in law, with a keen eye for the historical situations in which current legal changes stand.

About the Author

Franz von Benda-Beckmann and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann are both Professors and Project Directors at Legal Pluralism, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany. Dr Anne Griffiths is Reader in Law for the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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Publication date

9th September 2016


Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


344 pages


International law
Social law
Jurisprudence & philosophy of law



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