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Riding or Killing the Centaur? Reflections on the Identities of Legal Anthropology

Franz von Benda-Beckmann

in Law and Anthropology: Current Legal Issues Volume 12

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199580910
eISBN:
9780191723025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

In his essay ‘Local Knowledge: Fact and Law in Comparative Perspective’, Clifford Geertz characterized anthropology of law as a ‘centaur discipline’, a hybrid in which anthropology and law, meaning ... More


Law and Anthropology: Old Relations, New Relativities

Carol J Greenhouse

in Law and Anthropology: Current Legal Issues Volume 12

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199580910
eISBN:
9780191723025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

This chapter argues that we should resist imagining the law—anthropology relation as prefigured in the law/society distinction, since that very distinction is inaccessible except in so far as it is ... More


Introduction: Law and Anthropology

Michael Freeman and David Napier

in Law and Anthropology: Current Legal Issues Volume 12

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199580910
eISBN:
9780191723025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0099
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

This introductory chapter discusses the development of studies on legal anthropology. It argues that the scope and nature of legal anthropology has changed and broadened considerably in the last ... More


Discipline Exchange on Swaps

Marie-Andrée Jacob

in Law and Anthropology: Current Legal Issues Volume 12

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199580910
eISBN:
9780191723025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0018
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

This chapter examines the kidney swap or kidney paired donation, which is both a method shaped by the medical professions and computer technologies, and a practice shared by patients. It occurs when ... More


A Non-Essentialist Legal Pluralism

Brian Z. Tamanaha

in A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199244676
eISBN:
9780191715044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244676.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter builds upon the conventionalist approach to law to develop a non-essentialist version of legal pluralism. The analysis proceeds largely in relation to sociological dimensions of legal ... More


Introduction

Fernanda Pirie

in The Anthropology of Law

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199696840
eISBN:
9780191751110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696840.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law, Philosophy of Law

This introductory chapter addresses the question of why anthropologists should explore the nature of law. The discussions cover law as an anthropological subject; law as a polythetic category; law in ... More


Places That Come and Go: A Legal Anthropological Perspective on the Temporalities of Space in Plural Legal Orders

Franz von Benda-Beckmann and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

in The Expanding Spaces of Law: A Timely Legal Geography

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804787185
eISBN:
9780804791878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804787185.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter argues that including the analysis of legal plurality with a pronounced emphasis on time may provide legal geography with a deeper understanding of the volatile and contradictory nature ... More


Order, Disputes, and Legal Pluralism

Fernanda Pirie

in The Anthropology of Law

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199696840
eISBN:
9780191751110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696840.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter examines themes in the literature on legal anthropology, which have focused on maintaining order and conflict resolution. It questions the claims commonly made on behalf of state law ... More


Conclusion

Fernanda Pirie

in The Anthropology of Law

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199696840
eISBN:
9780191751110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696840.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter presents some final thoughts. It first addresses the question of why anthropologists should ask about the nature of law and what it contributes to the wider field of anthropology. It ... More


Laws’ Empire: Roman Universalism and Legal Practice

Caroline Humfress

in New Frontiers: Law and Society in the Roman World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748668175
eISBN:
9780748684328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668175.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Legal History

Official (Graeco-) Roman sources envisaged a world ruled by the universal law of Rome and its emperors. This chapter analyses Roman legal universalism “on the ground”, from the perspective of ... More


Law and Legality in the Greek East: The Byzantine Canonical Tradition, 381-883

David Wagschal

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198722601
eISBN:
9780191789304
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722601.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion in the Ancient World

This book is an exploration into the legal culture of the Byzantine church. Confronting the traditional narratives of decline or primitivism that have discouraged study of the subject, the book ... More


US Law and Religion Today

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

in A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226779751
eISBN:
9780226145594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226145594.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter introduces the reader to the chaplain as exemplar of the contemporary US accommodation between law and religion, ministering to a citizen understood to be in need of spiritual care. The ... More


Jurisdiction, Politics, and Truth-Making: International Courts and the Formation of Translocal Legal Cultures

Jessica Greenberg

in International Court Authority

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198795582
eISBN:
9780191836909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795582.003.0020
Subject:
Law, Public International Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter suggests that the authority framework allows one to see resonances across seemingly disparate spaces and thus to participate in a shared project for understanding important international ... More


Who Deserves Housing?: The Battle for East Thirteenth Street

Amy Starecheski

in Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226399805
eISBN:
9780226400006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226400006.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Chapter Two also opens with the first-person voices of squatters, this time not the founders but the later occupants of the six squatted buildings on East 13th Street. It is clear from their stories ... More


Filing Religion: State, Hinduism, and Courts of Law

Daniela Berti, Gilles Tarabout, and Raphaël Voix (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199463794
eISBN:
9780199086849
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463794.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The Indian Constitution posits a separation between a secular domain that the state regulates and a religious domain in which it should not interfere. However, defining the separation between the two ... More


Human Rights Reporting on Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts: A Story of Stagnation and Failure

Benjamin Thorne and Julia Viebach

in Rwanda Since 1994: Stories of Change

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781786941992
eISBN:
9781789623611
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941992.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Building on legal anthropology and performance studies, this chapter analyses the Gacaca law talk and performances to evidence the wider context of changes in Rwanda post-1994 due to national and ... More


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