Neighborhood Justice In Capitalist Society

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The management of interpersonal social conflict within the American judicial system is changing. Of particular interest is the trend toward informal, decentralized alternatives to the courts for the resolution of many civil disputes. A manifestation of this trend, Neighborhood Dispute Resolution or NDR offers a means of resolving conflicts in a voluntary, peaceable manner without the intervention of attorneys. Proponents of NDR say that it is economical, efficient and fair. NDR, however, may not be the panacea it appears to be on the surface, argues the author. A Marxist interpretation of recent developments in state-sponsored alternatives to courts for the resolution of disputes, this book devises a framework for exploring the relationship between disruptions in reproducing the social order of American capitalism and transformations in the capitalist state that make these dispute mechanisms possible.

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Meet the Author

RICHARD HOFRICHTER is a Policy Analyst for the Public Policy Institute, the American Association of Retired Persons.

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Part I: Class Struggle, Crisis, and the Changing Role of the State

Capitalism and Crisis

The Role of the Capitalist State

Hegemony, Social Reproduction, and the Role of the State

The Legal Crisis of the State

Emerging Forms of the State

Part II: Neighborhood Dispute Resolution and the State

The Structure of Neighborhood Dispute Resolution

The Informal State and Neighborhood Justice




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