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Monographs and Edited Volumes

In preparation-a: Land Restitution and the Moral Modernity of the New  South African State: A Project in Recursive Anthropology [Arbeitstitel  eines Buchmanuskript [working title of the book manuscript].

In preparation-b: Ohnmacht und Ermächtigung im Umgang mit Flucht: Berlin ein Jahr nach dem langen Sommer der Migration 2015 [“Powerlessness and Empowerment in the Context of Refuge and Flight: Berlin One Year after the Long Summer of Migration 2015”]. Bielefeld (transcript) [Edited volume based on a research seminar with students in Berlin].

Forthcoming-a: Oxford Handbook of Law and Anthropology. Oxford (Oxford University Press)    [co-edited with Marie-Claire Foblets, Mark Goodale and Maria Sapignoli].

The State and the Paradox of Customary Law in Africa

The State and the Paradox of Customary Law in Africa

2018a: The State and the Paradox of Customary Law in Africa. London (Routledge)    [co-edited with Markus Höhne].

2017a: Gerechtigkeitsgefühle: zur affektiven und emotionalen Legitimität von Normen. [“Sentiments of Justice”]. Bielefeld (transcript)    [co-edited with Jonas Bens].

South African Homelands as Frontiers

South African Homelands as Frontiers

2016a [2017b as paperback]: South African homelands as frontiers: apartheid’s loose ends in the postcolonial era. London (Routledge)    [Reprint of 2015a, co-edited with Steffen Jensen].

Homelands as Frontiers: Apartheid's Loose Ends – An Introduction

Homelands as Frontiers: Apartheid's Loose Ends – An Introduction

2015a: Homelands as Frontiers: Apartheid’s Loose Ends   . In: Journal of Southern African Studies 41(5)    [Special Issue, co-edited with Steffen Jensen].

Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa

Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa

2015b: Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa. Malden (Wiley-Blackwell)    [Reprint of 2014a, co-edited with Gerhard Anders].

Transition and justice: negotiating the terms of new beginnings in Africa

Transition and justice: negotiating the terms of new beginnings in Africa

2014a: Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa. In: Development and Change 45(3)    [Special Issue, co-edited with Gerhard Anders].

Irish/ness is all around us: language revivalism and the culture of ethnic identity in Northern Ireland

Irish/ness is all around us: language revivalism and the culture of ethnic identity in Northern Ireland

2013a [2016b as paperback]: Irish/Ness Is All around Us: Language Revivalism and the Culture of Ethnic Identity in Northern Ireland. New York/Oxford (Berghahn Books).   

Beyond Writing Culture Current Intersections of Epistemologies and Representational Practices

Beyond Writing Culture Current Intersections of Epistemologies and Representational Practices

2010a [2013b as paperback]:Beyond Writing Culture: Current Intersections of Epistemologies and Representational Practices. New York/Oxford (Berghahn Books)    [co-edited with Karsten Kumoll].

Techniken zur kommunikativen Herstellung von Gruppenzugehörigkeit: Eine Gesprächsanalyse über Imagearbeit bei Obdachlosen

Techniken zur kommunikativen Herstellung von Gruppenzugehörigkeit: Eine Gesprächsanalyse über Imagearbeit bei Obdachlosen

2004: Techniken zur kommunikativen Herstellung von Gruppenzugehörigkeit: Eine Gesprächsanalyse über Imagearbeit bei Obdachlosen [“Communicative  Strategies for Constructing Group Membership: A Discourse Analysis on Face-Work among Homeless People”]. Berlin (dissertation.de - Verlag im Internet).

Ethnizität und politischer Aktivismus: Eine Fallstudie über drei jugendliche Aussiedler in Hamburg

Ethnizität und politischer Aktivismus: Eine Fallstudie über drei jugendliche Aussiedler in Hamburg

2001: Ethnizität  und politischer Aktivismus: Eine Fallstudie über drei jugendliche  Aussiedler in Hamburg [“Ethnicity and Political Activism: A Case Study  on Three Ethnic German Repatriates from Russia”]. München (Grin Verlag).

Articles and Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)

In preparation-c: Ohnmacht und Ermächtigung im Umgang mit Flucht: eine Einleitung [“Powerlessness  and empowerment in the context of refuge and flight: an introduction]. In: Olaf Zenker [ed.]: Ohnmacht und Ermächtigung im Umgang mit Flucht:  Berlin ein Jahr nach dem langen Sommer der Migration 2015. Bielefeld (transcript).

Under review: Politics by other means revisited: legal activism and land reform in post-apartheid South Africa. In: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR).

Forthcoming-b: „Diversität“ in der deutschen Migrationsverwaltung: zur Domestizierung von Pluralität [The “Diversity“ of German migration management: on the domestication of plurality“]. In: Hansjörg Dilger/Matthias Warstat [eds.]: Umkämpfte Vielfalt. Affektive Dynamiken institutioneller Diversifizierung. Frankfurt (Campus): 66-94 [co-authored with Larissa Vetters].

Forthcoming-c: Politics of belonging. In: Marie-Claire Foblets, Mark Goodale, Maria Sapignoli and Olaf Zenker [eds.]: Oxford handbook of law and anthropology. Oxford (Oxford University Press).

Forthcoming-d: Legal pluralism, communal land tenure and multiple livelihoods in South Africa’s countryside. In: Journal of Legal Pluralism.

2020a: Affective justice symposium: sentiments of justice, legalism and affective meta-justice at the dawn of postliberalism. Opinio Juris (blog), May 29 2020, http://opiniojuris.org/2020/05/29/affective-justice-symposium-sentiments-of-justice-legalism-and-affective-meta-justice-at-the-dawn-of-postliberalism/   .

2020b: Mind the gaps: renegotiating South African legal pluralism within the post-apartheid state. In: Katrin Seidel/Hatem Elliesie [eds.]: Normative spaces and legal dynamics in Africa. London (Routledge): 151-171.

2019: Sentiment. In: Jan Slaby/Christian von Scheve [eds.]: Affective societies  – key concepts. London (Routledge): 96-106 [co-authored with Jonas Bens].

2018b: Land restitution (old and new), neo-traditionalism and the contested values  of land justice in South Africa. In: Jessica Johnson/George  Karekwaivanane [eds.]: Pursuing justice in Africa: competing imaginaries and contested practices. Cambridge Centre of African Studies Series. Athens (Ohio University Press): 243-263.

2018c: Language and identity. In: Hilary Callan [ed.]: International encyclopedia of anthropology – Section: The anthropolgy of politics, law, power and identity. Malden (Wiley-   Blackwell).   

2018d: Processing the paradox: when the state has to deal with customary law. In: Olaf Zenker/Markus Höhne [eds.]: The state and the paradox of customary law in Africa. London (Routledge): 1-40 [co-authored with Markus Höhne].

2018e: Bush-level bureaucrats in South African land restitution: implementing state law under chiefly rule. In: Olaf Zenker/Markus Höhne [eds.]: The state and the paradox of customary law in Africa. London (Routledge): 41-63.

2018f: Why the individual must be defended ~ seemingly against all anthropological odds: In Marie-Claire Foblets, Marie-Claire Foblets/Michele Graziadei/Alison Dundes Renteln [eds.]: Personal autonomy in plural societies: a principle and its paradoxes. London (Routledge): 98-111.

2017c: Umbenennung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde e.V. in Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und  Kulturanthropologie e.V. am 6.10.2017 in Berlin [Renaming the German Anthropological Association from „Völkerkunde“ into „Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie“ on 6 October 2017 in Berlin]. In: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 142(2): 133-140 [co-authored with Hansjörg Dilger and Birgitt Röttger-Rössler].

2017d: Gerechtigkeitsgefühle: eine Einführung [“Sentiments of justice: an introduction”]. In: Jonas  Bens/Olaf Zenker [eds.]: Gerechtigkeitsgefühle. Bielefeld (transcript): 11-35 [co-authored with Jonas Bens].

2017e: From identification to framing and alignment: a new approach to the comparative analysis of collective identities. In: Current Anthropology 58(3): 340–359 [co-authored with John Eidson, Dereje Feyissa, Markus V.  Hoehne, Boris Nieswand, Günther Schlee and Veronika Fuest].

2016c: South African homelands as frontiers: apartheid’s loose ends in the postcolonial era – an introduction. In: Steffen Jensen/Olaf Zenker [eds.]: South African homelands as frontiers: apartheid’s loose ends in the postcolonial era. London (Routledge): 1-16 [Reprint of 2015c, co-authored with Steffen Jensen].

2016d: South African land restitution, white claimants and the fateful frontier of former KwaNdebele. In: Steffen Jensen/Olaf Zenker [eds.]: South African homelands as frontiers: apartheid’s loose ends in the postcolonial era. London (Routledge): 83-98 [Reprint of 2015d].

2016e: Anthropology on trial: exploring the laws of anthropological expertise. In: International Journal of Law in Context 12(3): 293-311.

2015c: Homelands as frontiers: apartheid’s loose ends – an introduction. In: Journal of Southern African Studies41(5): 937-952 [co-authored with Steffen Jensen].

2015d: South African land restitution, white claimants and the fateful frontier of former KwaNdebele. In: Journal of Southern African Studies 41(5): 1019-1034.

2015e: Failure by the numbers? Settlement statistics as indicators of state performance in South African land restitution. In: Richard  Rottenburg/Sally Engle Merry/ Sung-Joon Park/Johanna Mugler [eds.]: A world of indicators: the making of governmental knowledge through quantification. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press): 102-126.

2015f: De-judicialization, outsourced review and all too flexible bureaucracies in South African land restitution. In: The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 33(1): 81-96.

2015g: Transition and justice: an introduction. In: Gerhard Anders/Olaf Zenker [eds.]: Transition and justice: negotiating the terms of new beginnings in Africa. Malden (Wiley-Blackwell): 1-19 [Reprint of 2014b, co-authored with Gerhard Anders].

2015h: New law against an old state: land restitution as a transition to justice in post-apartheid South Africa? In: Gerhard Anders/Olaf Zenker [eds.]: Transition and justice: negotiating the terms of new beginnings in  Africa. Malden (Wiley-Blackwell): 113-134 [Reprint of 2014c].

2014b: Transition and justice: an introduction. In: Development and Change 45(3): 395-414 [co-authored with Gerhard Anders].

2014c: New law against an old state: land restitution as a transition to justice in post-apartheid South Africa? In: Development and Change 45(3): 502-523.

2014d: Linguistic relativity and dialectical idiomatization: language ideologies and second language acquisition in the Irish language revival of Northern Ireland. In: Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 24(1): 63-83.

2014e: Writing culture. In John Jackson [ed.]: Oxford Bibliographies Online: Anthropology. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press.   

2012a: The juridification of political protest and the politicisation of legalism  in South African land restitution. In: Julia Eckert/Brian Donahoe/Christian Strümpell/Zerrin Özlem Biner [eds.]: Law against the state: ethnographic forays into law's transformations. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press): 118-146.

2012b: On prophets, godfathers, rebels, and prostitutes: distributed agency in the Irish language revival of Northern Ireland. In: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 137(1): 23-45.

2011a: Autochthony, ethnicity, indigeneity and nationalism: time-honouring and state-oriented modes of rooting individual-territory-group-triads in a globalising world. In: Critique of Anthropology 31(1): 63-81.

2010b: Between the lines: Republicanism, dissenters and the politics of meta-trauma in the Northern Irish conflict. In: Social Science & Medicine 71(2): 236-243.

2010c: Prologue: opening doors beyond Writing Culture. In: Olaf Zenker/Karsten Kumoll [eds.]: Beyond Writing Culture: 1-38 [co-authored with Karsten Kumoll].

2010d: Language  matters: reflexive notes on representing the Irish language revival in Catholic West Belfast. In: Olaf Zenker/Karsten Kumoll [eds.]: Beyond Writing culture: 121-138.

2009a: Autochthony and activism among contemporary Irish Nationalists in Northern Ireland,  or: if “civic” nationalists are “ethno”-cultural revivalists, what remains of the civic/ethnic divide? In: Nations and Nationalism15(4): 696-715.

2009b: Response to Joep Leerssen. In: Nations and Nationalism 15(4): 720-722.

2006: De facto exclusion through discursive inclusion: autochthony in discourses on Irishness and politics in Catholic West Belfast. In: Paideuma 52: 183-195.

Other Publications

Forthcoming-f: Abstammung ["Descent & filiation"]. In: Mihran Dabag [ed.]: Lexikon  nicht-staatlicher Gruppen und Gemeinschaften im Mittelmeerraum. Paderborn (Wilhelm Fink).

Forthcoming-g: Autochthonie ["Autochthony"]. In: Mihran Dabag [ed.]: Lexikon nicht-staatlicher Gruppen und Gemeinschaften im Mittelmeerraum. Paderborn (Wilhelm Fink).

Forthcoming-h: Ehe ["Marriage"]. In: Mihran Dabag [ed.]: Lexikon nicht-staatlicher Gruppen und Gemeinschaften im  Mittelmeerraum. Paderborn (Wilhelm Fink).

Forthcoming-i: Verwandtschaft ["Kinship"]. In: Mihran Dabag [ed.]: Lexikon nicht-staatlicher Gruppen und  Gemeinschaften im Mittelmeerraum. Paderborn (Wilhelm Fink).

2014f: White claimants and the moral community of South African land restitution. Halle (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Working Paper No. 151).

2014g: Review: Melancholia of freedom. Social life in an Indian township in South Africa, by Thomas Blom Hansen. In: American Ethnologist 41(2): 384-385.

2013c: Landreform in Südafrika: Die Neuauflage der Landrückerstattung setzt falsche Akzente [“Land reform in South Africa: the re-opening of land restitution leads to a dead end”]. In: Afrika-Bulletin [Special Issue on "Land conflicts in southern Africa"] 151: 6-7.

2012c: The indicatorisation of South African land restitution. Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Basel (BAB Working Paper 2012:01).

2011b: Land restitution and transitional justice in post-apartheid South Africa. Halle (Max Planck Institute for Social  Anthropology Working Paper No. 134).

2010e: Review: Crisis of the state. War and social upheaval, edited by Bruce Kapferer and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen. In: Anthropological Notebooks 16(2): 80-81.

2009c: Diskussionsbeitrag zu Meyers und Schareikas  „Neoklassische Feldforschung“ [“Discussion of Meyer’s and Schareika’s  article on ‘neoclassical fieldwork’” in the same issue]. In: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 134(1): 107-109.

2009d: The formation and mobilization of collective identities. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Working Papers. No. 116 [co-authored with Brian Donahoe, John Eidson, Dereje Feyissa,  Veronika Fuest, Markus V. Hoehne, Boris Nieswand & Günther Schlee].

2009e: Between the lines of socio-cultures of trauma: Republicanism, dissenters and the politics of meta-trauma in the Northern Irish conflict. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology  Working Papers. No. 115.

2008: Review: Flag, nation and symbolism in Europe and America, edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Richard Jenkins. In: Anthropological Notebooks 14(1): 123-124.

2005: Irische Identität und irische Sprache im  Spannungsfeld von Diskurs und Praxis im katholischen West-Belfast, Nord-Irland [“Irish identity and the Irish language in discourse and  practice in Catholic West Belfast”]. In: Max Planck Institute for Social  Anthropology [ed.]: Bericht: Sonderausgabe 2005. Halle/Saale (Max  Planck Institute for Social Anthropology): 109-118.

2003: The people themselves: the everyday making of  ethnic identity in discourse and practice in the context of conflict in  West Belfast, Northern Ireland. In: Max Planck Institute for Social  Anthropology [ed.]: Report 2002-2003. Halle/Saale (Max Planck Institute  for Social Anthropology): 131-136.

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