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||Nexuses of knowledge and power in Afghanistan the rise and fall of the informal justice assemblage / Torunn Wimpelmann.
||[London : n.l.], 2013.
||406-422 p. ; 30 cm.
||Includes bibliographical references (421-422 p.).
published in “Central Asian Survey, 2013 Vol. 32, No. 3, 406–422.”
“Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway
Published online: 23 Oct 2013.”
“This article explores Western attempts to strengthen mechanisms of informal justice in Afghanistan. It traces the origins and evolution of an ‘informal justice assemblage’: the
constellation of speciﬁc expert discourses, institutional practices, and strategic considerations that made it possible and plausible that Western actors should promote and
work with informal processes of justice. The article problematizes expert statements that posit that working with informal justice is somehow more ‘Afghan-led’ and less of an outside imposition than supporting the country’s formal justice system. To the contrary,
this article details how – discursively and institutionally – academic authority about what is locally appropriate in practice served to foreclose national debate and scrutiny about the organization and administration of justice. This amounted to a net erosion of accountability, reinforced by the subsequent militarization of the justice sector and governance more broadly. In conclusion, the article calls for greater attention to the broader ﬁelds of power in which claims of sensitivity to the local sentiments and reality in
Afghanistan are made. Keywords: Afghanistan; informal justice; expert rule; justice reform; militarization.”
||Rule of law – Afghanistan.
Human rights – Afghanistan.
Denial of justice – Afghanistan.
Justice, Administration of – Afghanistan.
Afghanistan – Politics and government– 2001- .
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