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Law and the Postcolonial

Series edited by Prof Denise Ferreira da Silva, Queen Mary University of London; Dr Mark A. Harris, La Trobe University and Dr Brenna Bhandar, University of Kent

Law and the Postcolonial: Ethics, Politics, & Economy seeks to expand the critical scope of racial, postcolonial, and global theory and analysis, focusing on how the global juridico-economic apparatus has been, and continues to be, shaped by the Colonial and the Racial structurings of power. It includes works that seek to move beyond the previous privileging of culture in considerations of racial and postcolonial subjectivity to offer a more comprehensive engagement with the legal, economic and moral issues of the global present.

  1. Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire

    The Disembodied Shade

    By Charles R. Venator-Santiago

    Series: Law and the Postcolonial

    Drawing on a postcolonial legal history of United States territorial expansionism, this book provides an analysis of the foundations of US global empire. Charles R. Venator-Santiago argues that the United States has developed three traditions of territorial expansionism with corresponding...

    To Be Published April 15th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Genocidal Democracy

    Neoliberalism, Mass Incarceration, and the Politics of Urban Gun Violence

    By John D. Márquez

    Series: Law and the Postcolonial

    Over the past three decades, the rate at which blacks and Latinos/as murder, or are murdered, by one another in the United States has increased exponentially. Social scientists have generally argued that this ‘ghetto violence’ is but one consequence of deindustrialization and the systematic...

    To Be Published March 30th 2015 by Routledge

  3. Postcolonial Capitalism

    Justice, Global Labour and Racial Violence

    Edited by Denise Ferreira da Silva, Rashne Limke

    Series: Law and the Postcolonial

    Foregrounding the postcolonial context and racial subjugation – and thus suspending the thesis that the category of labour is universal – this collection examines the temporal and spatial trajectories of global capitalism. "Labour", Marx states in the Introduction to the Grundrisse, "seems a quite...

    To Be Published March 29th 2015 by Routledge

  4. The Pirate Myth

    Genealogies of an Imperial Concept

    By Amedeo Policante

    Series: Law and the Postcolonial

    The image of the pirate is at once spectral and ubiquitous. It haunts the imagination of international legal scholars, diplomats and statesmen involved in the war on terror. It returns in the headlines of international newspapers as an untimely ‘security threat’. It materializes on the most...

    To Be Published January 14th 2015 by Routledge

  5. State Violence and the Execution of Law

    Biopolitcal Caesurae of Torture, Black Sites, Drones

    By Joseph Pugliese

    Series: Law and the Postcolonial

    State Violence and the Execution of Law stages a provocative analysis of how the biopolitical divide between human and animal has played a fundamental role in enabling state violence, including torture, secret imprisonment and killing-at-a-distance via drones. Analyzing the complex ways in which...

    Published March 7th 2013 by Routledge