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  • Julia Eckert is Professor for Social Anthropology at the University of Bern. She was head of the research group 'Law against the State' at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale which examined the juridification of protest and the globalisation of transnational legal norms. Her research interests are in legal anthropology, the anthropology of the modern state, social movements; the anthropology of crime and punishment; and changing notions of responsibility and justice. She is currently writing a book on the police in Bombay focusing on everyday conflicts over norms of justice, citizenship and authority. Among her publications on this research are "The Trimurti of the State"; in: Sociologus 2005; "From Subject to Citizen: Legalism from below and the Homogenisation of the Legal Sphere" in: Journal of Legal Pluralism 2006.

    She has worked extensively on the rise and practice of Hindu-nationalist movements in India (e.g. The Charisma of Direct Action, Oxford University Press, 2003).

    In addition to India, she has conducted research in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. She was a researcher at the German Institute for International Pedagogical Research, Frankfurt am Main, and lecturer at the Humboldt University, Berlin and the Free University of Berlin, from where she received a PhD.

Selected publications

  • Eckert, J. (ed.) (2009): Rules of Law and Laws of Ruling. Aldershot: Ashgate. (together with Keebet von Benda-Beckmann and Franz von Benda-Beckmann)

  • Eckert, J. (ed.) (2008): The Social Life of Anti-Terrorism Laws; The war on terror and the classifications of the ‘dangerous other’. Bielefeld: transcript.

  • Eckert, J. (2006): “From Subjects to Citizens: Legalisation from Below and the Homogenisation of the Legal Sphere.” In: Journal of Legal Pluralism, 45-75.

  • Eckert, J. (ed.) (2004): „Anthropologie der Konflikte; Georg Elwerts konflikttheoretische Thesen in der Diskussion.“ Bielefeld: transcript.

  • Eckert, J. (ed.) (2003): The Charisma of Direct Action: Power, Politics and the Shivsena. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • Eckert, J. (2003): „Die Verstetigung des Konflikts: zur Rolle von Religion im Hindu-Nationalismus.“ In: M. Minkenberg, U. Willems (eds.): Politik und Religion (PVS-Sonderheft 33/2002), Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 346 – 366.

  • Eckert, J. (1996): Usbekistan auf dem Weg von Marx zu Timur. Münster: Lit Verlag.

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