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Invisible Institutionalisms

Collective Reflections on the Shadows of Legal Globalisation

Editor(s): Swethaa S Ballakrishnen, Sara Dezalay
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Published: 11-02-2021
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 240
ISBN: 9781509930234
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Invisible Institutionalisms

Taking its cue from theoretical and ideological calls to challenge globalisation as a dynamic of homogenisation – and resistance – as led from, and directed against, the Global North, this volume asks: what can we see when we shift the lens beyond a North–South binary?

Based on empirical studies of 'frontier-zones' of legal globalisation in India, Pakistan and Latin America, the book adopts an original format. Framed as a relational dialogue between newer as well as more prominent scholars within the field, from various cores through to postcolonial academic peripheries, it questions structural variables in the shadows of legal globalisation and how we as scholars build a space for critique.

Table Of Contents

Brulé and Sheikh
1. G-local Women Power: Local Female Representation and Property Rights in India
Rachel E Brulé, Boston University, USA
Archive Envy
Danish Sheikh, University of Melbourne, Australia

Goyal, De Sa E Silva, and Williams
2. Of Footwear Clusters, Community Ties, and Institutional Tenacity
Yugank Goyal, OP Jindal Global University, India
Three Paise and a Rough Agenda on How to Make the Invisible Visible
Fabio de Sa e Silva, University of Oklahoma, USA
Searching for Space: Creating Room in Global Studies
Christopher Williams, University of Chicago, USA

Khorakiwala and Roy
3. The Law, the Visual and Access to Justice in the Colonial Courts of India
Rahela Khorakiwala is a lawyer and researcher
The Visual Culture of Law in India: A Response
Suryapratim Roy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Basheer, Weissenbach, and Naudet
4. Formalising Informal Innovation: Engendering an Epistemic Injustice?
Shamnad Basheer was an Indian legal scholar
Soliciting Testimony: The Challenge of Openness in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition
Amy Weissenbach, Columbia University, USA
Are Informal Resilience and Formal Emancipation Necessarily Incompatible?
Jules Naudet, Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (EHESS), Paris, France

Khan, Prasad, and Kroll
5. Islamic Review in Pakistan: Problematising the Divide between Shari'a Courts and their 'Secular' Counterparts
Maryam S Khan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Navigating Categories Training, Positionality and Practice
Gitanjali Prasad, iProbono
The Judicial, the Secular and Beyond: Multi-normative Practices of Pakistani Constitutional Courts
Stefan Kroll, Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany

Palacios Lleras and Natarajan
6. Competition Law in Latin America: 100 Years of Solitude
Andrés Palacios Lleras is a Colombian lawyer
Mirrors, Mirages, and the Development Myth
Usha Natarajan, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

A. Opportunism and Reflexivity: Researchers Playing Double Agents to Study the Double Game of National Legal Elites in International Competition
Bryant Garth, University of California, Irvine, USA, and Yves Dezalay, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
B. Reflections on the Value, Risks, and Obligations of a Career as a Misfit
Kate Bedford is an interdisciplinary scholar
C. Genealogy of a Globalised Socio-Legal (and Feminist) Scholar
Carrie Menkel-Meadow, University of California, Irvine, USA
D. Learning to be a Legal Anthropologist
Eve Darian Smith, University of California, Irvine, USA
E. Living in the Contradiction: Globalisation and its Discontents
David M Trubek, Harvard University, USA
F. Commuting between Academy and Social Movements: Reflections of an Insurgent Feminist
Kalpana Kannabiran, , Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an ICSSR institute
G. Ballakrishnen and Dezalay's Feast: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner on the Island of Misfit Toys
David B Wilkins, Harvard University, USA
Conclusion: Reading Between the Lines
Sara Dezalay, Cardiff University, UK, and Swethaa S Ballakrishnen, University of California, Irvine, USA


Invisible Institutionalisms … marks an exciting step in conceiving of the edited collection as a location for conversation, rethinking the purposes and aims of scholarship. It is also an invitation to its readers to unmoor themselves from their existing perspectives-to maintain openness and remain curious.” –  Shruti Iyer, University of Oxford, Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies

“From table to text, Invisible Institutionalisms reads like a banquet, a night of serious drinking during which leading scholars of globalization unwind, expose their intellectual autobiographies, driving passions, anecdotes, engagements, positions and purposes. Intimate, innovative and revealing this deftly edited collection of habile conversations leads us into the dark heart of the labyrinth.” –  Peter Goodrich, Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Law and Humanities, Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law

“In the best tradition of law and society scholarship, this timely volume unearths what is often invisible in legal discourse, especially regarding law and globalization. Encompassing a range of thoughtful and engaged scholars, the ensuing dialectic leads to thoughtful ruminations on power, representation, struggle, and the place of the scholar.” –  Penelope Andrews, President of the Law and Society Association and Professor of Law, New York Law School

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