George Pavlich is Professor, University of Alberta and Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), Wallenberg Research Centre, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Sovereign Force and Crime-focused Law at the Cape Colony†
Article first published online: 7 JUN 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Historical Sociology
Special Issue: The End(s) of History: Questioning the Stakes of Historical Reason. Guest Editors: Joshua Ben David Nichols and Amy Swiffen
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 318–338, September 2013
How to Cite
Pavlich, G. (2013), Sovereign Force and Crime-focused Law at the Cape Colony. Journal of Historical Sociology, 26: 318–338. doi: 10.1111/johs.12027
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada provided generous funding for this research through a Standard Research Grant, for which the author is most grateful.
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 7 JUN 2013
This paper shows how law enables right-based versions of the sovereign to take root by studying how British sovereignty was fashioned over the Cape of Good Hope since its occupation in 1795. Challenging notions that sovereignty is predicated on an ability to except itself from law, the analysis shows how the emerging Cape sovereign was authored into being through its active insertion into crime-focused legal practices.