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The penultimate action in our research project on traditional law in Georgia is the publication of the edited volume State and Legal Practice in the Caucasus: Anthropological Perspectives on Law and Politics which was published a couple of weeks ago. The book brings together papers presented at the occasion of our concluding conference in November 2011 in Batumi and some additional contributions.

Abstract:

Legal pluralism and the experience of the state in the Caucasus are at the centre of this edited volume. This is a region affected by a multitude of legal orders and the book describes social action and governance in the light of this, and considers how conceptions of order are enforced, used, followed and staged in social networks and legal practice. Principally, how is the state perceived and how does it perform 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 encounters.

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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Outside of the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan (© Grzegorz Wąsik)

Outside of the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan (© Grzegorz Wąsik)

We just entered home stretch for the publication “State and Legal Practice in the Caucasus: Anthropological Perspectives on Law and Politics”. Stéphane Voell and Iwona Kaliszewska are the editor of the book, which reflects the final conference of the project in Batumi in November 2011. The book will be published by Ashate. The editors are finalising the index and have to send back the proof copies with some correction by Mid-January. The book will be released in March 2015.

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State and Legal Practice in the Caucasus

Anthropological Perspectives on Law and Politics

Edited by Stéphane Voell, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany and Iwona Kaliszewska, University of Warsaw, Poland

 

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.

Contents: Preface; Pluralism, tradition and perspectives on the state in the Caucasus: introduction, Stéphane 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, Stéphane 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; Index.

About the Editors: Stéphane Voell is Lecturer at the Department for Cultural and Social Anthropology at the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. He has carried out fieldwork in Georgia and Albania and organized numerous workshops, conferences and student excursions in the Caucasus. He specializes in law, state, ethnicity and conflict.

Iwona Kaliszewska is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Warsaw, Poland. She has carried out fieldwork in Dagestan and Chechnya which resulted in a book ‘Matrioshka in Hijab’, co-authored by Maciej Falkowski. She specializes in political anthropology and Caucasus area studies.

Reviews: ‘The timely drive to advance our understandings of legal pluralism is finding some of its richest material in the Caucasus past and present. This excellent volume, bringing together a model cohort of scholars from within the Caucasus and beyond, tells us why.’
Bruce Grant, New York University, USA

Taken from Ashgate’s website

 

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Next week in Batumi takes place our concluding workshop of our research project. See the last version of the program here.

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Workshop in Ireland

On Grafton Street, Dublin (from left to right: Elke Kamm, Stéphane Voell, Iwona Kaliszewska, Lavrenti Janiashvili, Natia Jalabadze)

On Grafton Street, Dublin (from left to right: Elke Kamm, Stéphane Voell, Iwona Kaliszewska, Lavrenti Janiashvili, Natia Jalabadze)

The team members of the research project were in Maynooth (Irleland) for the 11th EASA Biennial Conference: Maynooth, Ireland 24-27th August 2010. Maybe it was the largest conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists ever, which took place in a very little town in Ireland. Lavrenti and me, we did organise a workshop called “Law in the Caucasus: anthropological perspectives on legal practice”. Unfortunately two researchers who wanted to present they work in the Northern Caucasus could not attend the conference. Following papers were presented: Traditional legal practice in socialist times in Georgia (Lavrenti Janiashvili), Legitimisation of religious law in local communities in Dagestan (Iwona Kaliszewska), Women and honour in the Republic of Georgia (Elke Kamm), Present-day customary law in urban Georgia and the response of the state, using the example of Tbilisi (Evgenia Zakharova), The custom of blood feud in Georgia: aggression and culture (Natia Jalabadze), Traditional law in Kvemo Kartli and the reaction of the state (Stephane Voell). There were not a lot of people attending our workshop. Still, we had short but interesting general discussion about law at the end of our meeting. A larger conference on law in the Caucasus is planned for 2012 in Georgia.

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Lavrenti and I organise a workshop at the occasion of the 11th Biennial Conference, Maynooth (Ireland) of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA).

Workshop: Law in the Caucasus: anthropological perspectives on legal practice
EASA conference 2010: Crisis and imagination
Maynooth, 24/08/2010 – 27/08/2010

Short Abstract: We invite researchers on law in the Caucasus into our workshop. The focus will be on empirical investigations on contemporary or historic legal practice, i.e. on state law, traditional law, transnational influences on local law, religious law or Soviet legal residues.

Long Abstract: One of the ideas discussed by Bruce Grant and Lale Yalçın-Heckman in Caucasus Paradigms (2007) is the cultural, linguistic, religious, political and economic pluralisms in the region. In these pluralisms one important aspect is missing, namely the multitude of legal conceptions that exist in the Caucasus.
In numerous mountainous regions, traditional law is practiced and sometimes even staged as an intrinsic part of local identity concepts. State law reacts differently to it and is itself often changing and at times used quite arbitrary. State law may also be confronted by legal residues of Soviet times. In some places, where the state is not present or weak, new informal legal structures may emerge and play an important role in daily life. Transnational actors or nongovernmental organisations may enforce with their financial of political power their own procedures (project law) and change local laws. In some regions of the Caucasus, religious groups impose their own conceptions of legal order or try to do so.

In the workshop a decidedly anthropological perspective on law will be presented. The focus will be on empirical research on contemporary or historic legal practice. Studying legal texts is only one side of the medal; the other is examining law in practice, e.g. the enumerated rules and processes provided in interviews have to be confronted with how law is used. The workshop is about law in practice in the Caucasus as it is affected by power relations, cliental networks, ethnicity, religion or transnational influences.

To propose a paper follow this link. Please note, that a contributers must be members of EASA or apply for membership. See here for the list of all workshops.

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