Central Asia and the globalisation of the contemporary legal consciousness

Rasulov, A. (2014) Central Asia and the globalisation of the contemporary legal consciousness. Law and Critique, 25(2), pp. 163-185. (doi: 10.1007/s10978-014-9132-x)

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What is the logic which governs the processes of legal globalization? How does the transnational proliferation of legal forms operate in the contemporary geo-juridical space? What are the main defining characteristics of the currently dominant mode of transnational legal consciousness and how can the concept of legal consciousness help us understand better the historical ebb and flow of the Western-led projects of good governance promotion in regions like Central Asia after the fall of the Soviet Union? Using Duncan Kennedy’s seminal essay Three Globalizations of Law and Legal Thought as its starting platform, this essay seeks to explore these and a series of other related questions, while also drawing on the work of the Greek Marxist lawyer-philosopher Nicos Poulantzas to help elucidate some latent analytical stress-points in Kennedy’s broader theoretical framework. Reacting against the neo-Orientalist tone adopted across much of the contemporary field of Central Asian studies, it develops an alternative account of the internal history of the legal-globalizational encounter between the Western-based reform entrepreneurs and the national legal-political elites in Central Asia in the post-1991 period, complementing it with a detailed description of the general institutional and discursive structures within which this encounter took place.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rasulov, Professor Akbar
Authors: Rasulov, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Law and Critique
ISSN (Online):1572-8617
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Springer
First Published:First published in Law and Critique 25(2):163-185
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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