Black hole state: human rights and the work of suspension in post‐war Kosovo

Mora, Agathe (2020) Black hole state: human rights and the work of suspension in post‐war Kosovo. Social Anthropology, 28 (1). pp. 83-95. ISSN 0964-0282

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Much has been made of the Agambenian framework of exception and the regime of legal suspension it establishes. This paper ethnographically examines the hard work that is required to produce legal suspension within the param-eters of the law by looking at the practice of property restitution of transitional institutions in post‐war Kosovo. Kosovo’s ‘black hole state’ reveals how the legal bureaucracies established to usher in human rights serve to perpet-uate the state of suspension rather than realising their utopian goals.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: utopian work, human rights, transition, legal suspension, property restitution, Kosovo
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
School of Global Studies > International Development
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology
Depositing User: Agathe Mora
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 08:48
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 08:15

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