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|Leiden University catalogue
|Law and social order in Africa: introduction
|Cooper-Knock, Sarah Jane
Karekwaivanane, George H.
|Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
|From the colonial period onwards, there has been a marked expansion in the range of formal and informal institutions enforcing regimes of law and social order across Africa. At the same time, practices and ideas about law, justice, policing and professionalism have proliferated, drawing on a diverse range of influences. This article introduces a themed part issue that explores the lived realities of law and social order in colonial and postcolonial Africa. The articles included examine how diverse actors such as 'ordinary' citizens, the police and legal professionals understand, enact and contest ideas about law and social order. They adopt different disciplinary perspectives and draw on fieldwork from Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The papers were originally presented at the 'Law and social order' workshop at the University of Oxford on 9 March 2012. [ASC Leiden abstract]