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Senior Research Seminar: Professor Susanne Brandtstädter

When Nov 03, 2017
from 04:15 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Edmund Leach Room Department of Social Anthropology Free School Lane, Cambridge
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Professor Susanne Brandtstädter, (University of Cologne)

Justice, Virtue and Public Action in the Chinese Countryside


My paper explores phenomena of normative change in China by focusing on the political dynamics of justice, virtue and public action. Its ethnographic backdrop are the moral arguments, discursive strategies, and legal activities of a groups of so-called ‘barefoot lawyers’, legal councilors and political activists of rural extraction from north-eastern China who have no formal education and no law degree.  The paper will widely draw on my readings of Chinese history and philosophy, but the points I wish to make are rooted in fieldwork encounters with these peasant lawyers between 2006 and 2012. 

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