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Inside and Outside the Law analyses the relationship between the law, the state and its citizens. Drawing on general theories and specific case-studies, it examines the diverse ways in which people in different cultural and historical settings have experienced the ambiguities of law. Its theme develops to engage with current debates concerning the status of rules and codification in social life and to the revival of interest in moralities.
With chapters that encompass countries such as Peru, Mozambique, Spain, Iran, the US and Britain this book has a strong global perspective.
|Notes on contributors|
|1||Introduction: inside and outside the law||1|
|2||Human rights talk and anthropological ambivalence: the particular context of universal claims||19|
|3||Vigilantism: order and disorder on the frontiers of the state||41|
|4||Trading in ambiguity: law, rights and realities in the distribution of land in northern Mozambique||56|
|5||The law and the market: rhetorics of exclusion and inclusion among London prostitutes||75|
|6||In praise of bastards: the uncertainties of mestizo identity in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Andes||98|
|7||Living their lives in courts: the counter-hegemonic force of the Tswana kgotla in a colonial context||125|
|8||A public flogging in south-western Iran: juridical rule, abolition of legality and local resistance||157|
|9||Which centre, whose margin? Notes towards an archaeology of US Supreme Court Case 91-948, 1993 (Church of the Lukumi vs. City of Hialeah, South Florida)||184|