A crucial element of sovereignty politics concerns the role that juridical techniques play in recursively creating images of the sovereign. This paper aims to render that dimension explicit by focusing on examples of crime-focused law and colonial rule at the Cape of Good Hope circa 1795. It attempts to show how this law helped to define a colonial sovereign via such idioms as proclamations, inquisitorial criminal procedures, and case narratives framing the atrocity and appropriate punishment for crimes. Referring to primary texts of the time, the paper explores how procedures and narratives of Cape law were also deeply involved in fashioning specific images of the sovereign in whose name it claimed to operate
Keywords Foucault and sovereignty  Colonial and postcolonial studies  Cape of Good Hope  Sociology of law  Legal history  South Africa  Cape law  Socio-legal studies  Law and society  History of crime  Sociology of punishment  Roman-Dutch law
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DOI 10.1007/s11196-012-9261-1
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