Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
Invited - Oral Presentation Session
The French state has been reluctant for a long time to public policies that are better adapted to indigenous peoples. Despite this historical resistance, in French Guiana, such policies have been promoted recently in the name of managerial imperatives. In this paper, we will specifically look at the way they affect the justice system. We will explore the practical contradictions between the pleas that support the adaptation of public policies to the needs of indigenous people and the requirements of the new public management. We will also look at how the magistrates and other judicial staff deal with this issue of adaptation.