Colonizing Hawai'I: The Cultural Power of Law

Colonizing Hawai'I: The Cultural Power of Law

by Sally Engle Merry
     
 

"This is an important study which details a crucial (and often ignored) chapter in American legal history. It stands to make an important contribution to the anthropology of law, to the history of colonial legality, and to the methodology of ethnography in the archives."—Annelise Riles, Cornell University

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"This is an important study which details a crucial (and often ignored) chapter in American legal history. It stands to make an important contribution to the anthropology of law, to the history of colonial legality, and to the methodology of ethnography in the archives."—Annelise Riles, Cornell University

"This is a work of exceptional merit: substantively innovative and valuable, interpretively cogent and insightful, stylistically lucid and engaging. It reads very well as a significant account of the historical Hawaiian situation and as a major contribution to a multidimensional examination of colonial law and, especially, of a crucial and fairly singular American colonial enterprise."—Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691009322
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/21/1999
Series:
Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History Series
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.97(d)

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Table of Contents


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ix

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi

A NOTE ON LANGUAGE AND TERMINOLOGY xiii

ONE Introduction 3

PART ONE: ENCOUNTERS IN A CONTACT ZONE: NEW ENGLAND MISSIONARIES, LAWYERS, AND THE APPROPRIATION OF ANGLO-AMERICAN LAW, 1820-1852

TWO The Process of Legal Transformation 35

THREE The First Transition: Religious Law 63

FOUR The Second Transition: Secular Law 86

PART TWO: LOCAL PRACTICES OF POLICING AND JUDGING IN HILO, HAWAI'I

FIVE The Social History of a Plantation Town 117

Six Judges and Caseloads in Hilo 145

SEVEN Protest and the Law on the Hilo Sugar Plantations 207

EIGHT Sexuality, Marriage, and the Management of the Body 221

NINE Conclusions 258

APPENDIXES

A CASES FROM HILO DISTRICT COURT 269

B ACCOMPANYING TABLES 325

NOTES 331

REFERENCES 349

INDEX 365

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