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Law in a Lawless Land

Law in a Lawless Land

Diary of a Limpieza in Colombia

  • Author: Michael Taussig
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226790145
  • Category: History
  • Page: 208
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A modern nation in a state of total disorder, Colombia is an international flashpoint—wracked by more than half a century of civil war, political conflict, and drug-trade related violence—despite a multibillion dollar American commitment that makes it the third-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid. Law in a Lawless Land offers a rare and penetrating insight into the nature of Colombia's present peril. In a nuanced account of the human consequences of a disintegrating state, anthropologist Michael Taussig chronicles two weeks in a small town in Colombia's Cauca Valley taken over by paramilitaries that brazenly assassinate adolescent gang members. Armed with automatic weapons and computer-generated lists of names and photographs, the paramilitaries have the tacit support of the police and even many of the desperate townspeople, who are seeking any solution to the crushing uncertainty of violence in their lives. Concentrating on everyday experience, Taussig forces readers to confront a kind of terror to which they have become numb and complacent. "If you want to know what it is like to live in a country where the state has disintegrated, this moving book by an anthropologist well known for his writings on murderous Colombia will tell you."—Eric Hobsbawm

Striving for Law in a Lawless Land

Striving for Law in a Lawless Land

Memoirs of a Russian Reformer

  • Author: Alexander M. Yakovlev
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
  • ISBN: 9781563246395
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 237
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An insider account of the struggle to reform the Soviet/Russian legal system and create a law-based society. This text situates the formal commitment to democratic politics, and the creation of a legal and constitutional order within the context of Russian history and tradition.

Political and Social Thought in Post-Communist Russia

Political and Social Thought in Post-Communist Russia

  • Author: Axel Kaehne
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134165161
  • Category: History
  • Page: 192
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This is the first comprehensive study of Russian political and social thought in the post-Communist era. The book portrays and critically examines the conceptual and theoretical attempts by Russian scholars and political thinkers to make sense of the challenges of post-communism and the trials of economic, political and social transformation. It brings together the various strands of political thought that have been formulated in the wake of the collapsed communist doctrine. It engages constructively with the numerous attempts by Russian political theorists and social scientists to articulate a coherent model of liberal democracy in their country. The book investigates critical, as well as favourable voices, in the Russian debate on liberal democracy, a debate often marked by eclecticism and, at times, little conceptual discipline. As such, the book will be of great interest both to Russian specialists, and to all those interested in political and social thought more widely.

A Dictionary of Critical Theory

A Dictionary of Critical Theory

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 0199532915
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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Governing Refugees

Governing Refugees

Justice, Order and Legal Pluralism

  • Author: Kirsten McConnachie
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 113505133X
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 200
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Refugee camps are imbued in the public imagination with assumptions of anarchy, danger and refugee passivity. Governing Refugees: Justice, Order and Legal Pluralism challenges such assumptions, arguing that refugee camps should be recognized as spaces where social capital can not only survive, but thrive. This book examines camp management and the administration of justice in refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border. Emphasising the work of refugees themselves in coping with and adapting to encampment, it considers themes of agency, sovereignty and legal pluralism in an analysis of local governance and the production of order beyond the state. Governing Refugees will appeal to anyone with relevant interests in law, anthropology and criminology, as well as those working in the area of refugee studies.

Die Sowjetunion 1917-1991

Die Sowjetunion 1917-1991

  • Author: Manfred Hildermeier
  • Publisher: Oldenbourg Verlag
  • ISBN: 3486701126
  • Category: History
  • Page: 248
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Die Sowjetunion hat die Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts geprägt wie außer ihr nur noch die USA. Auf dem Höhepunkt ihrer Entwicklung, in den sechziger und frühen siebziger Jahren, konnte sie mit guten Gründen als zweite Supermacht gelten, die auch in der heftig umworbenen "Dritten Welt" wichtige Stützpunkte eroberte. Die vorliegende Darstellung gibt eine Übersicht über die wichtigsten Entwicklungsphasen, Weichenstellungen und Zäsuren der sowjetischen Geschichte. Der Forschungsteil beschäftigt sich besonders mit dem Stalinismus, dem "entwickelten Sozialismus" unter Brežnew und den Ursachen des Zusammenbruchs.

How Russia Really Works

How Russia Really Works

The Informal Practices That Shaped Post-Soviet Politics and Business

  • Author: Alena V. Ledeneva
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 0801470056
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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During the Soviet era, blat—the use of personal networks for obtaining goods and services in short supply and for circumventing formal procedures—was necessary to compensate for the inefficiencies of socialism. The collapse of the Soviet Union produced a new generation of informal practices. In How Russia Really Works, Alena V. Ledeneva explores practices in politics, business, media, and the legal sphere in Russia in the 1990s—from the hiring of firms to create negative publicity about one's competitors, to inventing novel schemes of tax evasion and engaging in "alternative" techniques of contract and law enforcement. Ledeneva discovers ingenuity, wit, and vigor in these activities and argues that they simultaneously support and subvert formal institutions. They enable corporations, the media, politicians, and businessmen to operate in the post-Soviet labyrinth of legal and practical constraints but consistently undermine the spirit, if not the letter, of the law. The "know-how" Ledeneva describes in this book continues to operate today and is crucial to understanding contemporary Russia.

Russia

Russia

Experiment with a People

  • Author: Robert Service
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674021082
  • Category: History
  • Page: 406
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The first history of modern Russia from 1991 to the present day by one of the leading historians of the 20th century USSR and Russia. In 1991, in a huge experiment with a people and in a state of euphoria, Boris Yeltsin abolished the USSR and recreated the Russian nation. At the point of its declaration is was in a state of economic and social disarray and yet there were high hopes. Hopes which have subsequently been dashed. Robert Service brings to bear his vast knowledge of the people and the country to put the recent upheavals into context and he shows that not everything changed for the worst 1991. The Gorbachev years have allowed the Russian people to give a priority to living a private life and shutting the door on the state. They could think what they liked. The could enjoy intellectual and religious freedom, and indulge in recreations their income would allow. Gays and Lesbians could come 'out'. The Youth culture could finally be loosed from contraints. This is a broad political, social and cultural history of one of the newest nations ever to be formed.

Violence at the Urban Margins

Violence at the Urban Margins

  • Author: Javier Auyero,Philippe Bourgois,Nancy Scheper-Hughes
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190221488
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 352
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In the Americas, debates around issues of citizen's public safety--from debates that erupt after highly publicized events, such as the shootings of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin, to those that recurrently dominate the airwaves in Latin America--are dominated by members of the middle and upper-middle classes. However, a cursory count of the victims of urban violence in the Americas reveals that the people suffering the most from violence live, and die, at the lowest of the socio-symbolic order, at the margins of urban societies. The inhabitants of the urban margins are hardly ever heard in discussions about public safety. They live in danger but the discourse about violence and risk belongs to, is manufactured and manipulated by, others--others who are prone to view violence at the urban margins as evidence of a cultural, or racial, defect, rather than question violence's relationship to economic and political marginalization. As a result, the experience of interpersonal violence among the urban poor becomes something unspeakable, and the everyday fear and trauma lived in relegated territories is constantly muted and denied. This edited volume seeks to counteract this pernicious tendency by putting under the ethnographic microscope--and making public--the way in which violence is lived and acted upon in the urban peripheries. It features cutting-edge ethnographic research on the role of violence in the lives of the urban poor in South, Central, and North America, and sheds light on the suffering that violence produces and perpetuates, as well as the individual and collective responses that violence generates, among those living at the urban margins of the Americas.

Social Urbanism and the Politics of Violence

Social Urbanism and the Politics of Violence

The Medellín Miracle

  • Author: K. Maclean
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137397365
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 147
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Medellín, Colombia, used to be the most violent city on earth, but in recent years, allegedly thanks to its 'social urbanism' approach to regeneration, it has experienced a sharp decline in violence. The author explores the politics behind this decline and the complex transformations in terms of urban development policies in Medellín.

Alaska

Alaska

A Novel

  • Author: James A. Michener
  • Publisher: Dial Press
  • ISBN: 0804151423
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 1152
  • View: 1352
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In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us through Alaska’s fierce terrain and history, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling present. As his characters struggle for survival, Michener weaves together the exciting high points of Alaska’s story: its brutal origins; the American acquisition; the gold rush; the tremendous growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the arduous construction of the Alcan Highway, undertaken to defend the territory during World War II. A spellbinding portrait of a human community fighting to establish its place in the world, Alaska traces a bold and majestic saga of the enduring spirit of a land and its people. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii. Praise for Alaska “Few will escape the allure of the land and people [Michener] describes. . . . Alaska takes the reader on a journey through one of the bleakest, richest, most foreboding, and highly inviting territories in our Republic, if not the world. . . . The characters that Michener creates are bigger than life.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review “Always the master of exhaustive historical research, Michener tracks the settling of Alaska [in] vividly detailed scenes and well-developed characters.”—Boston Herald “Michener is still, sentence for sentence, writing’s fastest attention grabber.”—The New York Times

My Colombian War

My Colombian War

A Journey Through the Country I Left Behind

  • Author: Silvana Paternostro
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
  • ISBN: 1466856335
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 336
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A timely, evocative account of a reporter's reckoning with her homeland's volatile past Growing up in the coastal city of Barranquilla, Colombia, Silvana Paternostro indulged in the typical concerns of a privileged young girl: friendships and parties, school and family. But soon it became apparent that life in Colombia would not go on as usual. Strange planes appeared overhead, the harbingers of the marijuana drug trade that would explode into cocaine wars over the next decade, and soon after, a disputed election would lead to demonstrations and kidnappings targeting the affluent landed elite—including Paternostro's family. A revolution was brewing, and the social inequalities reflected in her life would boil over into the most violent, most protracted, and most misunderstood civil war of our time. In My Colombian War, Paternostro journeys back to the place where her family and her closest friends still live, weaving authentic experience into a history of this ongoing conflict. Through interviews she allows us to witness the treacherous war zone that Colombia has become, projected on the daily lives of its citizens. Paternostro's book is a stunning, comprehensive narrative of Colombia's past and present.

The Lawless Land

The Lawless Land

  • Author: Dusty Richards
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 1429938757
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 272
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In 1880, Arizona Territory was an outlaw's paradise. The gunmen rode hard along the border, raping, stealing, murdering and burning their way to plunder and wealth. Guided by a powerful landownewr and his vicious outlaw capitan, the Border Gang was organized, mean, and armed to the teeth. In Prescott, the governor knew Arizon'as sheriffs couldn't stop the killing--and statehood was in peril. Then a military man named Bowen stepped in with a plan: find a few good men, call them marshals, and send them after the Border Gang. Then the law struck back with a man named Mayes. Sam T. Mayes, a soldier turned Denver detective, was Bowen's first and only choice. Now Mayes, accompanied by an alcoholic army scout, a wanted man, and a fierce native woman, would ride against the cutthroat Maye's job was to put the killers behind bars--or put them in the ground. His reward: the first badge ever worn by U.S. Territorial Marshal...

Outlaws and Lawmen

Outlaws and Lawmen

Crime and Punishment in the 1800s

  • Author: Kenneth McIntosh
  • Publisher: Mason Crest
  • ISBN: 9781422217849
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 64
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Discusses the history of American criminal justice during the 1800s, including information on economic inequality, violence on the frontier, and the evolution of the penal system.

Subversive Christianity, Second Edition

Subversive Christianity, Second Edition

Imaging God in a Dangerous Time

  • Author: Brian J. Walsh
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 149820340X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 124
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Where is Western culture going? What should Christians think about it? Those who already ask these questions often come up with confused answers. Those who do not are, arguably, living in a fool's paradise (or a fool's hell.) In this second edition of Subversive Christianity, Brian Walsh returns to the themes of cultural discernment that he unpacked more than twenty years ago. In a new Postscript, Walsh revisits Francis Fukuyama, Bruce Cockburn, and the prophet Jeremiah and asks, Where are we now? In light of 9/11 and the world economic crisis of 2008, how do we discern the times, and what does that discernment tell us about the calling of the church?

Register of Debates in Congress

Register of Debates in Congress

  • Author: United States. Congress
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Law
  • Page: N.A
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Sacramento's Chinatown

Sacramento's Chinatown

  • Author: Lawrence Tom,Brian Tom
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780738580661
  • Category: History
  • Page: 127
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Sacramento's Chinatown has played a central role in the history of the Chinese in America since the Gold Rush. It was named Yee Fow (Second City) by the early Chinese pioneers because it was the second stop by steamboat on the way to the gold country. In the 1960s, Sacramento's Chinatown, one of the oldest Chinatowns in America, was largely torn down by redevelopment, but today Chinese Americans in the capital city are planning a Yee Fow Center for History, Culture, and Trade as they seek to remember the past and look to the future. Author Lawrence Tom was a career executive appointee for the State of California. As a resident of Sacramento for more than 50 years, he has a great interest in preserving the history of the Chinese pioneers in the area. Coauthor Brian Tom is the founder of the Asian American Studies (AAS) program at the University of California, Davis, one of the first AAS programs in the country (founded in June 1969). He is the founder and director of the Chinese Ameican Museum of Northern California. This is their second book with Arcadia Publishing. The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

Lynching in America

Lynching in America

A History in Documents

  • Author: Christopher Waldrep
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 0814784801
  • Category: History
  • Page: 281
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Whether conveyed through newspapers, photographs, or Billie Holliday’s haunting song “Strange Fruit,” lynching has immediate and graphic connotations for all who hear the word. Images of lynching are generally unambiguous: black victims hanging from trees, often surrounded by gawking white mobs. While this picture of lynching tells a distressingly familiar story about mob violence in America, it is not the full story. Lynching in America presents the most comprehensive portrait of lynching to date, demonstrating that while lynching has always been present in American society, it has been anything but one-dimensional. Ranging from personal correspondence to courtroom transcripts to journalistic accounts, Christopher Waldrep has extensively mined an enormous quantity of documents about lynching, which he arranges chronologically with concise introductions. He reveals that lynching has been part of American history since the Revolution, but its victims, perpetrators, causes, and environments have changed over time. From the American Revolution to the expansion of the western frontier, Waldrep shows how communities defended lynching as a way to maintain law and order. Slavery, the Civil War, and especially Reconstruction marked the ascendancy of racialized lynching in the nineteenth century, which has continued to the present day, with the murder of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s contention that he was lynched by Congress at his confirmation hearings. Since its founding, lynching has permeated American social, political, and cultural life, and no other book documents American lynching with historical texts offering firsthand accounts of lynchings, explanations, excuses, and criticism.

Bestechung

Bestechung

Roman

  • Author: John Grisham
  • Publisher: Heyne Verlag
  • ISBN: 3641174287
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 464
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Wir erwarten von unseren Richtern, dass sie ehrlich und weise handeln. Ihre Integrität und Neutralität sind das Fundament, auf dem unser Rechtssystem ruht. Wir vertrauen darauf, dass sie für faire Prozesse sorgen, Verbrecher bestrafen und eine geordnete Gerichtsbarkeit garantieren. Doch was passiert, wenn sich ein Richter bestechen lässt? Lacy Stoltz, Anwältin bei der Rechtsaufsichtsbehörde in Florida, wird mit einem Fall richterlichen Fehlverhaltens konfrontiert, der jede Vorstellungskraft übersteigt. Ein Richter soll über viele Jahre hinweg Bestechungsgelder in schier unglaublicher Höhe angenommen haben. Lacy Stoltz will dem ein Ende setzen und nimmt die Ermittlungen auf. Eins wird schnell klar: Dieser Fall ist hochgefährlich. Doch Lacy Stoltz ahnt nicht, dass er auch tödlich enden könnte.

In the Land of Magic Soldiers

In the Land of Magic Soldiers

A Story of White and Black in West Africa

  • Author: Daniel Bergner
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1466803630
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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An Los Angeles Times Best Book 2003 A chilling, beautifully written narrative of African war Sierra Leone is the world's most war-ravaged country. There, in a West African landscape of spectacular beauty, rampaging soldiers--many not yet in their teens--have made a custom of hacking off the hands of their victims, then letting them live as the ultimate emblem of terror. The country is so anarchic and so desperate that, forty years after independence, its people long to be recolonized. And the West wants to save it. Daniel Bergner's In the Land of Magic Soldiers follows both a set of white would-be saviors--a family of American missionaries, a mercenary helicopter gunship pilot, and the army of Great Britain--and also a set of Sierra Leoneans, among them a father who rescues his daughter from rape, loses his hands as punishment, then begins to rebuild his life; a child soldier and sometime cannibal; and a highly Westernized medical student who claims immunity to bullets and a cure for H.I.V. A story of black and white, of the First World and the world left infinitely behind, of those who would nation-build and those who live in a land of fire and jungle, In the Land of Magic Soldiers is an unforgettable work of literary reportage by "a terrific reporter with a novelist's eye" (Peter Applebome, The New York Times Book Review).