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The social construction of practical norms: everyday practices at the margins of rules and laws

La construction sociale des normes pratiques : les pratiques quotidiennes à la marge des règles et des lois

African dynamics in a multipolar world – ECAS 5 : Panel 048

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Published on Wednesday, December 05, 2012 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

In Africa, activities transgressing established laws and norms are proliferating. They are undermined by tensions between normative and practical rules. This panel expects to bring some insights into the normative complexity of activities that overstep the legitimate frames of collective action.

Announcement

Argument

The pioneer work of Danièle Kintz in 1987 has opened the way to the fine analysis of the gap between normative rules and practical norms. Today, this issue has become an interesting field of research for social sciences. Indeed, the widespread weakening of African States regulations and the "informalization" of societies and economies have led to norms' transgressions and building of illegal spheres of action. In rural and urban areas, social practices explored the margins of normativity, creating relatively closed areas of uncertainty where limits are blurred. Therefore, activities (social, economical, political, religious) transgressing established laws and norms are proliferating. All of them are undermined by tensions between normative and practical rules.

Submission guidelines

The contributions awaited in this panel are expected to bring some insights into the normative complexity of activities that overstep in different ways the legitimate frames of action:

  • How practical norms regulating illegal or underground activities (adultery, smuggle, counterfeit, bribery, cheat, bootleg, log rolling, etc.) are interconnected with official norms supposed to sanction them?
  • How normative rules, effective rules and practice interfere?
  • What principle is called upon?
  • What are the ethical justifications given to the gap between effective rules and practices?
  • How supremacy between different and contradictory sets of norms is established?
  • How to be sure if a visible transgression of norms is not the effective practice of a hidden set of rules?

This field of research is promising for it investigates important actual issues concerning the social regulation of collective action.

To send your paper proposal in English or in French to this panel 048, please follow the link below and click on the « propose a paper » link bottom of the page.

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/ecas/ecas2013/panels.php5?PanelID=1993

Deadline : 16 January 2013

The Conférence will take place in Lisbonne, on 26-28th June 2013.

CEA is a university-based multidisciplinary research center of the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) that promotes investigation, documentation and information on Africa.

Convenors

  • Jacky Bouju (CEMAf-Aix Marseille Université)
  • Sylvie Ayimpam (CEMAf- Aix Marseille Université)

Places

  • Center of African Studies of the University, Institute of Lisbon
    Lisbon, Portugal

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Keywords

  • normes sociales, règles normatives, normes pratiques, normes officielles, normes pragmatiques, pluralisme juridique, pluralisme normatif, pratiques quotidiennes, lois, illégalité, régulation sociale, action collective, anomie, informalité, changement

Contact(s)

  • Jacky Bouju
    courriel : bouju [at] mmsh [dot] univ-aix [dot] fr

Information source

  • Jacky Bouju
    courriel : bouju [at] mmsh [dot] univ-aix [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« The social construction of practical norms: everyday practices at the margins of rules and laws », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, December 05, 2012, https://calenda.org/230622

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