Transnationalism, Negotiation, International agreements, Ethnography, Legal anthropology
Anthropology | International Law | Legal History | Transnational Law
The ethnographic subjects of this article are UN-sponsored international conferences and their legal documents. Drawing upon fieldwork among Fiji delegates at these conferences, in this article I demonstrate the centrality of matters of form, as distinct from questions of “meaning,” in the negotiation of international agreements. A parallel usage of documents and of mats among Fijian negotiators provides a heuristic device for exploring questions of pattern and scale in the aesthetics of negotiation.
Riles, Annelise, "Infinity within the Brackets" (1998). Cornell Law Faculty Publications. 783.
Published in: American Ethnologist, vol. 25, no. 3 (August 1998).