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The Life Of The Law

Author : Laura Nader
ISBN : 0520936183
Genre : Social Science
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Laura Nader, an instrumental figure in the development of the field of legal anthropology, investigates an issue of vital importance for our time: the role of the law in the struggle for social and economic justice. In this book she gives an overview of the history of legal anthropology and at the same time urges anthropologists, lawyers, and activists to recognize the centrality of law in social change. Nader traces the evolution of the plaintiff's role in the United States in the second half of the twentieth century and passionately argues that the atrophy of the plaintiff's power during this period represents a profound challenge to justice and democracy. Taking into account the vast changes wrought in both anthropology and the law by globalization, Nader speaks to the increasing dominance of large business corporations and the prominence of neoliberal ideology and practice today. In her discussion of these trends, she considers the rise of the alternative dispute resolution movement, which since the 1960s has been part of a major overhaul of the U.S. judicial system. Nader links the increasing popularity of this movement with the erosion of the plaintiff's power and suggests that mediation as an approach to conflict resolution is structured to favor powerful--often corporate--interests.
Category: Social Science

Legal Anthropology

Author : James M. Donovan
ISBN : 0759109834
Genre : Law
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Legal Anthropology: An Introduction offers an initial overview of the challenging debates surrounding the cross-cultural analysis of legal systems. Equal parts review and criticism, James M. Donovan outlines the historical landmarks in the development of the discipline, identifying both strengths and weaknesses of each stage and contribution. Legal Anthropology suggests that future progress can be made by looking at the perceived fairness of social regulation, rather than sanction or dispute resolution as the distinguishing feature of law.
Category: Law

Anthropology And Law

Author : James M. Donovan
ISBN : 1571814248
Genre : Social Science
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" . . . insightful and interesting . . . One hopes that the practical approach to how practitioners in anthropology and law can better connect with one another, as well as how both fields can connect with the rest of the (non-anthropological and non-legal) real world, is here to stay through Donovan and Anderson's insightful work." -PoLAR The relationship between Law and Anthropology can be considered as having been particularly intimate. In this book the authors defend their assertion that the two fields co-exist in a condition of "balanced reciprocity" wherein each makes important contributions to the successful practice and theory of the other. Anthropology, for example, offers a cross-culturally validated generic concept of "law," and clarifies other important legal concepts such as "religion" and "human rights." Law similarly illuminates key anthropological ideas such as the "social contract," and provides a uniquely valuable access point for the analysis of sociocultural systems. Legal practice renders a further important benefit to anthropology when it validates anthropological knowledge through the use of anthropologists as expert witnesses in the courtroom and the introduction of the "culture defense" against criminal charges. Although the actual relationship between anthropology and law today falls short of this idealized state of balanced reciprocity, the authors include historical and other data suggesting that that level of intimate cooperation draws ever closer. James M. Donovan received his anthropology doctorate from Tulane University. He also has degrees in Greek and Latin and Philosophy. He is Reference/Public Services Librarian at the University of Georgia School of Law Library. H. Edwin Anderson, III is an attorney practicing with a shipping company in Leer, Germany. He has a graduate degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and degrees in law from Tulane Law School, University of Bristol and University of Cape Town.
Category: Social Science

A Companion To Moral Anthropology

Author : Didier Fassin
ISBN : 9781118290583
Genre : Social Science
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A Companion to Moral Anthropology is the first collective consideration of the anthropological dimensions of morals, morality, and ethics. Original essays by international experts explore the various currents, approaches, and issues in this important new discipline, examining topics such as the ethnography of moralities, the study of moral subjectivities, and the exploration of moral economies. Investigates the central legacies of moral anthropology, the formation of moral facts and values, the context of local moralities, and the frontiers between moralities, politics, humanitarianism Features contributions from pioneers in the field of moral anthropology, as well as international experts in related fields such as moral philosophy, moral psychology, evolutionary biology and neuroethics
Category: Social Science


Author : Sarah S. Lochlann Jain
ISBN : 0691119082
Genre : Law
File Size : 71.70 MB
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'Injury' offers an analysis of and critique of American injury law. Drawing on an extensive knowledge of law and social theory, the text will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in design, consumption, and the politics of injury.
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ISBN : UOM:39015057985916
Genre : Ethnology
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Category: Ethnology

The Canon Of American Legal Thought

Author : David Kennedy
ISBN : UOM:39015066835466
Genre : Law
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This anthology presents full texts of the twenty most important works of American legal thought since 1890, and traces the rise and evolution of a distinctly American form of legal reasoning.
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Understanding Jurisprudence

Author : Raymond Wacks
ISBN : 0199532125
Genre : Law
File Size : 90.9 MB
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The concept of law lies at the very heart of social and political life. Universal principles like justice, rights, and morality can not be fully understood without us thinking about the role that law plays and the purpose behind our legal systems and institutions. Understanding Jurisprudenceopens up these challenging concepts to provide an engaging introduction to legal theory. The book guides the reader through the intriguing nature of jurisprudence and explores the central ideas and theories that continue to be hotly debated to this day.An experienced teacher of jurisprudence and distinguished writer in the field, Raymond Wacks adopts an approach that is easy to follow and understand without avoiding any of the complexities and subtleties of the subject. Students of law, politics, philosophy, and other social sciences will findthis an ideal starting point in their study of legal theory.Online Resource CentreAn online resource centre provides:Web links to useful sitesQuestions and answersFurther reading, including links to journal articlesBroader discussion of issues raised in the textAnalysis of current controversies of a jurisprudential nature such as news events and political debatesTwo additional chapters providing tips and advice on the study of jurisprudenceA glossary of terms
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