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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

Law in a Lawless Land

Law in a Lawless Land

Diary of a "limpieza" in Colombia

  • Author: Michael T. Taussig
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781565848634
  • Category: History
  • Page: 208
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"Colombia is a modern state falling to pieces, wracked by more than half a century of bloody civil war, political conflict, and violence associated with the drug trade, in spite of a multi-billion-dollar influx of American support that makes the country the third-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid." "Michael Taussig has produced a chronicle of chaos and disorder as it afflicts one small town in Colombia's Cauca Valley. He records two weeks of the town's occupation by armed paramilitary forces conducting a limpieza, or "cleaning," threatening villagers and assassinating undesirables, whose bodies are left on display as a warning to others." "Riveting in its personal and political details, the true subject of Law in a Lawless Land is violence itself and the lives it corrupts and destroys. Taking inspiration from sources as diverse as Jean Genet, Simone Weil, and Walter Benjamin, Taussig's moving and lyrical diary of the limpieza captures the unreality of Colombia's dire situation today along with the nuances and tragedies of everyday life consumed by war, the uncertainty and terror of existence in the face of fear and atrocity."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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.

My Cocaine Museum

My Cocaine Museum

  • Author: Michael Taussig
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226790152
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 336
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In this book, a make-believe cocaine museum becomes a vantage point from which to assess the lives of Afro-Colombian gold miners drawn into the dangerous world of cocaine production in the rain forest of Colombia's Pacific Coast. Although modeled on the famous Gold Museum in Colombia's central bank, the Banco de la República, Taussig's museum is also a parody aimed at the museum's failure to acknowledge the African slaves who mined the country's wealth for almost four hundred years. Combining natural history with political history in a filmic, montage style, Taussig deploys the show-and-tell modality of a museum to engage with the inner life of heat, rain, stone, and swamp, no less than with the life of gold and cocaine. This effort to find a poetry of words becoming things is brought to a head by the explosive qualities of those sublime fetishes of evil beauty, gold and cocaine. At its core, Taussig's museum is about the lure of forbidden things, charged substances that transgress moral codes, the distinctions we use to make sense of the world, and above all the conventional way we write stories.

A Search for Sovereignty

A Search for Sovereignty

Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400–1900

  • Author: Lauren Benton
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107782716
  • Category: History
  • Page: N.A
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A Search for Sovereignty approaches world history by examining the relation of law and geography in European empires between 1400 and 1900. Lauren Benton argues that Europeans imagined imperial space as networks of corridors and enclaves, and that they constructed sovereignty in ways that merged ideas about geography and law. Conflicts over treason, piracy, convict transportation, martial law, and crime created irregular spaces of law, while also attaching legal meanings to familiar geographic categories such as rivers, oceans, islands, and mountains. The resulting legal and spatial anomalies influenced debates about imperial constitutions and international law both in the colonies and at home. This study changes our understanding of empire and its legacies and opens new perspectives on the global history of law.

A Frontier Made Lawless

A Frontier Made Lawless

Violence in Upland Southwest China, 1800-1956

  • Author: Joseph Lawson
  • Publisher: UBC Press
  • ISBN: 0774833726
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
  • View: 416
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In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the region of Liangshan in southwest China was plagued by violence. Indigenous Nuosu communities clashed with Han migrants, the Qing and Republican states, and local warlords. The first English-language history of Liangshan, A Frontier Made Lawless challenges the view that ongoing violence was the result of population pressures, opium production, and the growth of local paramilitary groups. Instead, Joseph Lawson argues that the conflict resulted from the lack of a common framework for dealing with property disputes, compounded by the repeated destabilization of the region by turmoil elsewhere in China.

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...

Law for the Elephant

Law for the Elephant

Property and Social Behavior on the Overland Trail

  • Author: John Phillip Reid
  • Publisher: Huntington Library Press
  • ISBN: 9780873281645
  • Category: History
  • Page: 437
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"Reid has been incredibly imaginative in discovering the sources for law on the overland trail, and his pioneering work is likely to open up an entirely new field in the study of the American legal experience. This is a splendid and marvelously readable book."--Stanley N. Katz, Princeton University "Reid has been incredibly imaginative in discovering the sources for law on the overland trail, and his pioneering work is likely to open up an entirely new field in the study of the American legal experience. This is a splendid and marvelously readable book."--Stanley N. Katz, Princeton University

A Revolution for Our Rights

A Revolution for Our Rights

Indigenous Struggles for Land and Justice in Bolivia, 1880–1952

  • Author: Laura Gotkowitz
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822390124
  • Category: History
  • Page: 414
  • View: 7805
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A Revolution for Our Rights is a critical reassessment of the causes and significance of the Bolivian Revolution of 1952. Historians have tended to view the revolution as the result of class-based movements that accompanied the rise of peasant leagues, mineworker unions, and reformist political projects in the 1930s. Laura Gotkowitz argues that the revolution had deeper roots in the indigenous struggles for land and justice that swept through Bolivia during the first half of the twentieth century. Challenging conventional wisdom, she demonstrates that rural indigenous activists fundamentally reshaped the military populist projects of the 1930s and 1940s. In so doing, she chronicles a hidden rural revolution—before the revolution of 1952—that fused appeals for equality with demands for a radical reconfiguration of political power, landholding, and rights. Gotkowitz combines an emphasis on national political debates and congresses with a sharply focused analysis of Indian communities and large estates in the department of Cochabamba. The fragmented nature of Cochabamba’s Indian communities and the pioneering significance of its peasant unions make it a propitious vantage point for exploring contests over competing visions of the nation, justice, and rights. Scrutinizing state authorities’ efforts to impose the law in what was considered a lawless countryside, Gotkowitz shows how, time and again, indigenous activists shrewdly exploited the ambiguous status of the state’s pro-Indian laws to press their demands for land and justice. Bolivian indigenous and social movements have captured worldwide attention during the past several years. By describing indigenous mobilization in the decades preceding the revolution of 1952, A Revolution for Our Rights illuminates a crucial chapter in the long history behind present-day struggles in Bolivia and contributes to an understanding of indigenous politics in modern Latin America more broadly.

Lords of the Land

Lords of the Land

The War Over Israel's Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007

  • Author: Idith Zertal,Akiva Eldar
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • ISBN: 0786744855
  • Category: History
  • Page: 400
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The 1967 Arab-Israeli War was a devastating triumph for Israel, which immediately began to establish settlements in the newly conquered territories. Those settlements, and the movement that made them possible, have utterly transformed Israel, and yet until now the full history of the occupation has never been told. Lords of the Land tells that tragic story, and reveals what a catastrophe it has been for both Israel and the Palestinians.

The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860

The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860

  • Author: Morton J. HORWITZ,Morton J Horwitz
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674038789
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 384
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Conjuring Property

Conjuring Property

Speculation and Environmental Futures in the Brazilian Amazon

  • Author: Jeremy M. Campbell
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • ISBN: 0295806192
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 256
  • View: 4658
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Since the 1960s, when Brazil first encouraged large-scale Amazonian colonization, violence and confusion have often accompanied national policies concerning land reform, corporate colonization, indigenous land rights, environmental protection, and private homesteading. Conjuring Property shows how, in a region that many perceive to be stateless, colonists - from highly capitalized ranchers to landless workers - adopt anticipatory stances while they await future governance intervention regarding land tenure. For Amazonian colonists, property is a dynamic category that becomes salient in the making: it is conjured through papers, appeals to state officials, and the manipulation of landscapes and memories of occupation. This timely study will be of interest to development studies scholars and practitioners, conservation ecologists, geographers, and anthropologists.

The Law is a Lady

The Law is a Lady

  • Author: Nora Roberts
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 110156962X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 216
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A sexy small-town sheriff is the last thing a film director expects to find on his latest set in this novel of blockbuster attraction from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. Film director Phillip Kincaid sees the unfriendly side of Friendly, New Mexico, when he’s busted for speeding. But the gritty town proves the perfect place to shoot his latest film. And though sheriff Victoria “Tory” Ashton had no trouble putting Kincaid behind bars, she’s finding it hard to resist his attempts to put her on camera—and in his bed. Phil’s a man who’s used to getting what he wants—and he’s about to make Tory’s summer longer and hotter than ever… A NORA ROBERTS CLASSIC AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME

The Remittance Landscape

The Remittance Landscape

Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA

  • Author: Sarah Lynn Lopez
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022620295X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 336
  • View: 4234
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Immigrants in the United States send more than $20 billion every year back to Mexico—one of the largest flows of such remittances in the world. With The Remittance Landscape, Sarah Lynn Lopez offers the first extended look at what is done with that money, and in particular how the building boom that it has generated has changed Mexican towns and villages. Lopez not only identifies a clear correspondence between the flow of remittances and the recent building boom in rural Mexico but also proposes that this construction boom itself motivates migration and changes social and cultural life for migrants and their families. At the same time, migrants are changing the landscapes of cities in the United States: for example, Chicago and Los Angeles are home to buildings explicitly created as headquarters for Mexican workers from several Mexican states such as Jalisco, Michoacán, and Zacatecas. Through careful ethnographic and architectural analysis, and fieldwork on both sides of the border, Lopez brings migrant hometowns to life and positions them within the larger debates about immigration.

The Law and the Lawless

The Law and the Lawless

  • Author: Ralph Compton,David Robbins
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0698184041
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
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The USA Today bestselling Ralph Compton series continues as a lawman goes up against a gang of uncommon criminals... When a bunch of ruffians rob a bank in the sleepy town of Alpine, it’s only natural for the locals to be alarmed. But this gang and its leader, Cestus Calloway, are a different breed of outlaw. In fact, Cestus is known as the Robin Hood of the Rockies, distributing his loot to those less fortunate, raining stolen money down on the townsfolk. As if that weren’t too good to be true, this gang holds to one important rule: steal but don’t kill… All Alpine’s Marshal, Boyd Cooper, wants is a nice retirement, not to get a posse together to track outlaws. However, when an altercation leads to the exchange of gunfire and the spilling of outlaw blood, he doesn’t have much of a choice. The outlaws fear their reputation might be at stake, so they declare revenge on the tin stars of Alpine. They’re mad enough to break their own no kill rule, and Boyd Cooper knows things could end as bloody as they started… More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print! From the Paperback edition.

Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood

Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood

The Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823

  • Author: Emília Viotti da Costa
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN: 0195106563
  • Category: History
  • Page: 378
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Recounts the events of the Demerara Slave Rebellion in Guyana during the nineteenth century

The Magic of the State

The Magic of the State

  • Author: Michael Taussig
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135249040
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 216
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Set in the enchanted mountain of a spirit-queen presiding over an unnamed, postcolonial country, this ethnographic work of ficto-criticism recreates in written form the shrines by which the dead--notably the fetishized forms of Europe's Others, Indians and Blacks--generate the magical powers of the modern state.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

  • Author: David Grann
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0385534256
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 352
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST "Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul." —Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review SHELF AWARENESS'S BEST BOOK OF 2017 Named a best book of the year by Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR's Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "On Point," Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub's "Ultimate Best Books," Library Journal, Paste, Kirkus, Slate.com and Book Browse From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

The Verdict of Battle

The Verdict of Battle

The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War

  • Author: James Q. Whitman
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674071875
  • Category: History
  • Page: 300
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Slaughter in battle was once seen as a legitimate way to settle disputes. When pitched battles ceased to exist, the law of victory gave way to the rule of unbridled force. Whitman explains why ritualized violence was more effective in ending carnage, and why humanitarian laws that view war as evil have led to longer, more barbaric conflicts.

Hell No

Hell No

Your Right to Dissent in 21st-Century America

  • Author: Michael Ratner,Margaret Ratner Kunstler
  • Publisher: The New Press
  • ISBN: 1595587500
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 176
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In the Age of Terrorism, the United States has become a much more dangerous place—for activists and dissenters, whose First Amendment rights are all too frequently abridged by the government. In Hell No, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the country’s leading public interest law organization, offers a timely report on government attacks on dissent and protest in the United States, along with a readable and essential guide for activists, teachers, grandmothers, and anyone else who wants to oppose government policies and actions. Hell No explores the current situation of attacks upon and criminalization of dissent and protest, from the surveillance of activists to the disruption of demonstrations, from the labeling of protestors as “terrorists,” to the jailing of those the government claims are giving “material support” to its perceived enemies. Offering detailed, hands-on advice on everything from “Sneak and Peak” searches to “Can the Government Monitor My Text Messages?” and what to do “If an Agent Knocks,” Hell No lays out several key responses that every person should know in order to protect themselves from government surveillance and interference with their rights. Beginning with a preface by Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a frequent legal commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, Hell No also includes an introduction on the state of dissent today by CCR board chair Michael Ratner and Margaret Ratner Kunstler. Concluding with the controversial 2008 Mukasey FBI Guidelines, which currently regulate the government’s domestic response to dissent, Hell No is an indispensable tool in the effort to give free speech and protest meaning in a post–9/11 world.