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George Washington University Law School

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lecture at HK Univ.: "What Does Law Look Like in the Taiwanese Street?"

The following announcement just appeared in my e-mail inbox. Sounds interesting.

The University of Hong Kong Department of Sociology presents a lecture.

TITLE: What Does Law Look Like in the Taiwanese Street? And What Does this Mean About Taiwanese Democracy?

ABSTRACT: In this lecture, I use data from my ongoing ethnographic studies of policing to explore some of the ways legal authority becomes figured in to the everyday routines of community order-management and social reproduction in contemporary Taiwan. I contextualize these findings by reference to various literatures that have addressed the multiple and diverse ways that law and legal institutions have been caught up in Taiwan's democratic reforms and political liberalization. My overall purpose is to clarify the specific and unique contribution that an anthropology of policing can make to our understanding of the cultural mechanisms shaping the historical development of Taiwanese society.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Jeffrey Martin is an anthropologist specializing in the study of modern policing. He has a PHD from the University of Chicago, and has taught at Taiwan's Central Police University, and the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies at Chang Jung Christian University in Tainan. He will begin an appointment in HKU's Department of Sociology next year.


4:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Rm 1118, K.K. Leung Building
The University of Hong Kong

Inquiries may be addressed to Professor Martin at, or to the HKU Sociology Department at

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