Inside and Outside the Law

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Overview

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.

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Meet the Author

Olivia Harris is a Lecturer at Goldsmith's College, University of London

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
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
Index 210
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