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Tort, Custom, and Karma: Globalization and Legal Consciousness in Thailand
     

Tort, Custom, and Karma: Globalization and Legal Consciousness in Thailand

by David M. Engel, Jaruwan S. Engel
 

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ISBN-10: 0804763828

ISBN-13: 9780804763820

Pub. Date: 03/08/2010

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Diverse societies are now connected by globalization, but how do ordinary people feel about law as they cope day-to-day with a transformed world? Tort, Custom, and Karma examines how rapid societal changes, economic development, and integration into global markets have affected ordinary people's perceptions of law, with a special focus on the narratives of men and

Overview

Diverse societies are now connected by globalization, but how do ordinary people feel about law as they cope day-to-day with a transformed world? Tort, Custom, and Karma examines how rapid societal changes, economic development, and integration into global markets have affected ordinary people's perceptions of law, with a special focus on the narratives of men and women who have suffered serious injuries in the province of Chiangmai, Thailand.

This work embraces neither the conventional view that increasing global connections spread the spirit of liberal legalism, nor its antithesis that backlash to interconnection leads to ideologies such as religious fundamentalism. Instead, it looks specifically at how a person's changing ideas of community, legal justice, and religious belief in turn transform the role of law particularly as a viable form of redress for injury. This revealing look at fundamental shifts in the interconnections between globalization, state law, and customary practices uncovers a pattern of increasing remoteness from law that deserves immediate attention.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804763820
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/08/2010
Series:
The Cultural Lives of Law Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Note on Romanization of Thai Words and Phrases xv

Introduction 1

1 Buajan's Injury Narrative 21

2 Chiangmai: A History of Globalizations 33

3 State Law and the Law of Sacred Centers 47

4 Injury Practices in a Transformed Society 77

5 Litigation 95

6 Justice 123

7 Ming's Injury Narrative 140

Conclusion 153

Notes 165

Glossary of Thai Words and Phrases 173

Names of Injury Victims Referenced in Text 175

Bibliography 177

Index 185

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