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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521539456
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2004
  • 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)

Meet the Author

Alain Pottage is reader in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Martha Mundy is reader in Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the fabrication of persons and things 1
2 Res religiosae : on the categories of religion and commerce in Roman law 40
3 Scientific objects and legal objectivity 73
4 Legal fabrications and the case of 'cultural property' 115
5 Ownership or office? : a debate in Islamic Hanafite jurisprudence over the nature of the military 'fief', from the Mamluks to the Ottomans 142
6 Gedik : a bundle of rights and obligations for Istanbul artisans and traders, 1750-1840 166
7 Losing (out on) intellectual resources 201
8 Re-visualising attachment : an anthropological perspective on persons and property forms 234
9 Our original inheritance 249
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