Law as Culture: An Invitation / Edition 1

Law as Culture: An Invitation / Edition 1

by Lawrence Rosen
     
 

Law is integral to culture, and culture to law. Often considered a distinctive domain with strange rules and stranger language, law is actually part of a culture's way of expressing its sense of the order of things. In Law as Culture, Lawrence Rosen invites readers to consider how the facts that are adduced in a legal forum connect to the ways in which facts

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Law is integral to culture, and culture to law. Often considered a distinctive domain with strange rules and stranger language, law is actually part of a culture's way of expressing its sense of the order of things. In Law as Culture, Lawrence Rosen invites readers to consider how the facts that are adduced in a legal forum connect to the ways in which facts are constructed in other areas of everyday life, how the processes of legal decision-making partake of the logic by which the culture as a whole is put together, and how courts, mediators, or social pressures fashion a sense of the world as consistent with common sense and social identity.

While the book explores issues comparatively, in each instance it relates them to contemporary Western experience. The development of the jury and Continental legal proceedings thus becomes a story of the development of Western ideas of the person and time; African mediation techniques become tests for the style and success of similar efforts in America and Europe; the assertion that one's culture should be considered as an excuse for a crime becomes a challenge to the relation of cultural norms and cultural diversity.

Throughout the book, the reader is invited to approach law afresh, as a realm that is integral to every culture and as a window into the nature of culture itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691125558
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/03/2006
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Rosen is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and adjunct professor of Law at Columbia University. Named to the first group of MacArthur Fellows, he is the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation. Among his previous books are "The Anthropology of Justice, The Justice of Islam," and "The Culture of Islam".

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

CHAPTER 1: Law and Social Control 14

CHAPTER 2: Creating Facts 68

CHAPTER 3: Reason, Power, Law 131

CHAPTER 4: Law as Cosmology 169

Conclusion 198

Further Reading 201

Index 213

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