Law In Culture And Society / Edition 1

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As conflict resolution becomes increasingly important to urban and rural peoples around the globe, the value of this classic anthology of studies of process, structure, comparison, and perception of the law is acclaimed by policy makers as well as anthropologists throughout the world. The case studies include evidence from Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania, and they reflect the important shift from a concern with what law is to what law does.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520208339
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/25/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Nader is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her books include No Access to Law: Alternatives in the American Justice System, Harmony Ideology: Justice and Control in a Zapotec Mountain Village, and Naked Science.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction 1
Pt. I Case Studies of Law in Non-Western Societies
Introduction 11
Dispute Settlement Without Courts: The Ndendeuli of Southern Tanzania 24
Styles of Court Procedure: To Make the Balance 69
Keresan Pueblo Law 92
Law at the Village Level : The Cottica Djuka of Surinam 117
Ontology of the Judicial Thought of the Kabre of Northern Togo 141
Struck by Speech: The Yakan Concept of Litigation 147
Pt. II Law and Innovation in Non-Western Societies
Introduction 169
Law and Personality: Signposts for a New Direction 176
Structural Change and Primitive Law: Consequences of a Papaun Legal Case 208
Uniformity and Variation in Chief-Made Law: A Tswana Case Study 230
Constitutional Ambiguities and the British Administration of Royal Careers Among the Bemba of Zambia 245
Pt. III Case Studies of Law in Western Societies
Introduction 273
Law as a Way of Resolving Conflicts: The Case of a Small Industrialized Society 282
The Offer of a Free Home: A Case Study in the Family Law of the Poor 304
Cases, Courts, and Congestion 327
Pt. IV Comparative Studies
Introduction 337
Concepts in the Comparative Study of Tribal Law 379
Descent and Legal Position 374
Ethnography and Comparison in Legal Anthropology 401
Bibliography 419
Contributors 440
Index 444
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