Law, bureaucracy and reform

Africa is a continent of many legal orders (customary, statutory, international and religious). 

DASA’s emphasis on interdisciplinary and ‘on the ground’ research reveals how people’s everyday navigations between different legal orders generate new (and sometimes competing) understandings of justice.


Academic staff:

  • Jessica Johnson: social anthropology specialising in Southern Africa, anthropology of gender and law in Malawi
  • Nathalie Raunet: belonging, citizenship, authoritarianism, transnationalism and borders
  • Kate Skinner: social and political histories of modern and contemporary Ghana and Togo, political activism, gender activism, legal reform, print cultures, mass literacy and education in other African countries.

Selected recent publications



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