Reading and readings of capitalism as civilisation

Sen, Rohini (2021) Reading and readings of capitalism as civilisation. European Journal of Legal Studies, 13 (1). pp. 117-136. ISSN 19732937

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Ntina Tzouvala's monograph, Capitalism as Civilisation – A History of International Law, is, among many things, an elegant, profound and discursive account of reading and readings. Through reading as a methodological approach and processual mode, Tzouvala engages symptomatically and materially with international legal texts and terrain. And her readings of international law, located in a reconciliation of Marxism and deconstruction, vitalise civilisation as a conceptual category in new and enduring ways. By embedding the dynamic of difference in the ever-expanding logic of capital and capitalist production, she brings to the fore the very contradictions that make the 'standard of civilisation' categorically tenable and conceptually imperishable. Oscillating between the two oppositional points of the 'logic of biology' and the 'logic of improvement', the 'standard of civilisation' is a shapeshifting, moving target placed onto dynamic iterations of the capitalist state at every stage.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: International Law | Capitalism | Capitalist state
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Business, Management and Accounting > Industrial relations
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Political Science
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2021 18:26
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 16:35
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