Anthropology and law : a critical introduction

Goodale, Mark author
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  • Creator Mark Goodale ; foreword by Sally Engle Merry
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York : New York University Press, [2017]
  • Physical Details
    • xv, 290 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 1479895512, 9781479895519, 1479836133, 9781479836130
  • OCLC ocn961160723


  • An introduction to the anthropology of law that explores the connections between law, politics, and technology. From legal responsibility for genocide to rectifying past injuries to indigenous people, the anthropology of law addresses some of the crucial ethical issues of our day. Over the past twenty-five years, anthropologists have studied how new forms of law have reshaped important questions of citizenship, biotechnology, and rights movements, among many others. Meanwhile, the rise of international law and transitional justice has posed new ethical and intellectual challenges to anthropologists. "Anthropology and Law" provides a comprehensive overview of the anthropology of law in the post-Cold War era. Mark Goodale introduces the central problems of the field and builds on the legacy of its intellectual history, while a foreword by Sally Engle Merry highlights the challenges of using the law to seek justice on an international scale. The book's chapters cover a range of intersecting areas including language and law, history, regulation, indigenous rights, and gender. For a complete understanding of the consequential ways in which anthropologists have studied, interacted with, and critiqued, the ways and means of law, this book is required reading.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction : from status to contract to cosmopolitanism -- Part I. Law and the production of meaning -- Part II. Law and agency, law as regulation -- Part III. Law and identity -- Conclusion : law in a post-utopian world
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