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Post-colonialism and Systems Theory: Notes for an Agenda of Research into Law in the Global South
Journal Title: SOCIOLOGIA DEL DIRITTO  
Author/s: Gonçalves Guilherme Leite 
Year:  2014 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  23 Pg. 33-55 FullText PDF:  120 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SD2014-001002
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The analysis of law in outlying countries furnished by the systems theory stresses the existence of a presumed operative deficit. This article sets out to discuss the possibility of opening the systems theory up to post-colonial studies, so as to formulate a critique of this interpretation. On the one hand, it aims to demonstrate that this interpretation is based on a presumption of moral superiority on the part of how law functions in the northern hemisphere, which is then used to judge legal practices all over the world, thus reproducing forms of re-colonisation. On the other hand, the article discusses whether post-colonialism is capable of offering an alternative diagnosis of the function of law in the southern hemisphere, within the framework of the systems theory.
Keywords: Systems theory - Post-colonial studies Law in outlying countries and the southern hemisphere - Recolonisation

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Gonçalves Guilherme Leite, Post-colonialism and Systems Theory: Notes for an Agenda of Research into Law in the Global South in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL DIRITTO " 1/2014, pp. 33-55, DOI:10.3280/SD2014-001002

   

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