Dilemmas of Modernity: Bolivian Encounters with Law and Liberalism. MARK GOODALE: Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009.

Nicole Fabricant


Mark Goodale’s work is a provocative ethnography of law and liberalism in contemporary Bolivia. The author presents a robust analysis of law as a culmination of intersecting discourses and practices about individual rights. Goodale’s ethnography contributes to legal anthropology by moving such conversations of “legality” beyond the formal spaces of governance and into the often private and intimate places of everyday life.


GOODALE, Fabricant, Modernity, Bolivia, Law, Liberalism

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