Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/116146
Title: The revitalisation of tradition: Agency and negotiations between state law and local law
Authors: Bräuchler, B. 
Widlok, T.
Keywords: Customary law
Globalisation
Identity
Power
Revitalisation of tradition
State
Issue Date: 2007
Source: Bräuchler, B.,Widlok, T. (2007). The revitalisation of tradition: Agency and negotiations between state law and local law. Zeitschrift fur Ethnologie 132 (1) : 5-14. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The current process of increasing globalisation, transnationalism and a seeming homogenisation is accompanied by a worldwide trend towards the revitalisation of local traditions, structures, meanings and values, especially in the field of so-called traditional or customary law. This essay introduces the contributions of the special issue The revitalisation of tradition that strives to trace and analyse such processes. The articles are based on anthropological research conducted in different continents and show that revitalisation of traditions should not be confused with a return to the past. To the contrary, it often involves explicitly future-oriented strategies albeit not always in line with "western" idea-Is of democracy, human rights and emancipation, but rather with local discourses of identity, decision-making and equality. The ethnographic studies demonstrate how power games and negotiations between local, state and international agents shape such processes of revitalisation. They are not concerned with determining what "tradition" is or should be, but with the positioning of diverse agents, with the options, conflicts and limitations that these positions entail, and with exposing the changing power structures and "cultural realities" involved. © 2007 Dietrich Reimer Verlag.
Source Title: Zeitschrift fur Ethnologie
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/116146
ISSN: 00442666
Appears in Collections:Staff Publications

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Page view(s)

41
checked on Jan 13, 2018

Google ScholarTM

Check


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.