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The Resource Legalism : anthropology and history, edited by Paul Dresch and Hannah Skoda

Legalism : anthropology and history, edited by Paul Dresch and Hannah Skoda

Label
Legalism : anthropology and history
Title
Legalism
Title remainder
anthropology and history
Statement of responsibility
edited by Paul Dresch and Hannah Skoda
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In this volume leading historians and anthropologists with an interest in law gather to analyse the nature and meaning of law in diverse societies. They start from the concept of legalism, taken from the anthropologist Lloyd Fallers, whose 1960s work on Africa engaged, unusually, with jurisprudence. The concept highlights appeal to categories and rules. The degree to which legalism in this sense informs people's lives varies within and between societies, and over time, but it can colour equally both 'simple' and 'complex' law. Breaking with recent emphases on 'practice', nine specialist contributors explore, in a wide-ranging set of cases, the place of legalism in the workings of social life. The essays make obvious the need to question our parochial common sense where ideals of moral order at other times and places differ from those of modern North Atlantic governance. State-centred law, for instance, is far from a 'central case'. Legalism may be 'aspirational', connecting people to wider visions of morality; duty may be as prominent a theme as rights; and rulers from thirteenth-century England to sixteenth-century Burma appropriate, as much they impose, a vision of justice as consistency. The use of explicit categories and rules does not reduce to simple questions of power. The cases explored range from ancient Asia Minor to classical India, and from medieval England and France to Saharan oases and southern Arabia. In each case they assume no knowledge of the society or legal system discussed. The volume will appeal not only to historians and anthropologists with an interest in law, but to students of law engaged in legal theory, for the light it sheds on the strengths and limitations of abstract legal philosophy."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1981-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Dresch, Paul
  • Skoda, Hannah
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  • Law and anthropology
  • Law (philosophical concept)
  • Law (philosophical concept)
Label
Legalism : anthropology and history, edited by Paul Dresch and Hannah Skoda
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-348) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 353 pages
Isbn
9780199664269
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2012942998
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)794367147
Label
Legalism : anthropology and history, edited by Paul Dresch and Hannah Skoda
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-348) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 353 pages
Isbn
9780199664269
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2012942998
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)794367147

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