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Giorgio Agamben

(1942–) Italianphilosopher best known for his concept of homo sacer. Agamben studied at the University of Rome, completing a doctorate on the political thought of Simone Weil. In ...

Legal History and Historiography in Colonial Sub-Saharan Africa

Legal History and Historiography in Colonial Sub-Saharan Africa   Reference library

Richard Waller

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2019
Subject:
History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
Length:
13,363 words

...as historians have been looking at regional economic and cultural movements, they should also look at legal transfers. 68 The concept of “states of exception,” places and spaces where the rule of law is suspended or abridged by state power, is associated with the work of Giorgio Agamben. 69 Although not addressing colonial issues directly, it nonetheless raises questions about the legal status of “states of emergency,” declared by colonial governments to deal with serious disorder without resort to martial law. Kenya and Nyasaland in the 1950s are cases in...

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