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Thursday, October 17, 2013: Law’s Labor’s Lost with Mark Goodale

Available for download as audio or video.


Available for download as audio or video.

Law’s Labor’s Lost: Constitutional Revolution
and the Problem of Radical Social Change

A talk by Mark Goodale, Anthropology and Conflict Studies, George Mason University

How do the regulating logics of law constrain forms of violence that often accompany revolutionary movements, and how do these logics at the same time constrain the kind of creative social and political practices that are necessary for real transformation? Scholars have shown how human rights can be used to bring authoritarian leaders to justice and shape progressive forms of governance. But when international norms are domesticated through national legal processes, their role in facilitating deep and structural transformation is more fraught with ambiguity and contradiction.

Mark Goodale is an anthropologist, sociolegal scholar, and social theorist. He is Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Anthropology at George Mason University and Series Editor of Stanford Studies in Human Rights. Goodale is author and editor of numerous books and field projects and has an upcoming critical introduction to anthropology and law and an ethnography of revolution, folk cosmopolitanism, and neo-Burkeanism, in Bolivia.


Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

This talk occurred Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in 710 Social Science Tower.

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