Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social: Making Persons and Things

Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social: Making Persons and Things

by Alain Pottage
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521539455

ISBN-13: 9780521539456

Pub. Date: 02/29/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The product of a collaboration between leading theorists in law and anthropology, this book develops an innovative analysis of legal practices. Specifically, it focuses on how law constructs persons and things, and develops new approaches to the question of ownership. These approaches are of particular value in understanding the cultural impact of biotechnology. At

Overview

The product of a collaboration between leading theorists in law and anthropology, this book develops an innovative analysis of legal practices. Specifically, it focuses on how law constructs persons and things, and develops new approaches to the question of ownership. These approaches are of particular value in understanding the cultural impact of biotechnology. At the same time, they illuminate the history of Western law, and develop thought-provoking comparisons between Western law and Islamic law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521539456
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Law and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors; 1. Introduction: the fabrication of persons and things Alain Pottage; 2. Res Religiosae: on the categories of religion and commerce in Roman law Yan Thomas; 3. Scientific objects and legal objectivity Bruno Latour; 4. Legal fabrications and the case of 'cultural property' Tim Murphy; 5. Ownership or office? A debate in Islamic Hanafite jurisprudence over the nature of the military 'fief', from the Mamluks to the Ottomans Martha Mundy; 6. Gedik: a bundle of rights and obligations for Istanbul artisans and traders, 1750–1840 Engin Deniz Akarli; 7. Losing (out on) intellectual resources Marilyn Strathern; 8. Re-visualising attachment: an anthropological perspective on persons and property forms Susanne Küchler; 9. Our original inheritance Alain Pottage; Bibliography; Index.

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