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Legalism : rules and categories

Author: Paul Dresch; Judith Scheele
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Mainstream historians in recent decades have often treated formal categories and rules as something to be 'used' by individuals, as one might use a stick or stone, and the gains of an earlier legal history are often needlessly set aside. Anthropologists, meanwhile, have treated rules as analytic errors and categories as an imposition by outside powers or by analysts, leaving a very thin notion of 'practice' as the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Dresch; Judith Scheele
ISBN: 9780198753810 0198753810
OCLC Number: 933425534
Notes: "This is the third volume in a series. Legalism : anthropology and history appeared in 2012, and Legalism : community and justice in 2014"--Page v.
Description: x, 301 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : rules and categories : an overview / Paul Dresch and Judith Scheele --
Rules, culture, and imagination in Sanskrit jurisprudence / Donald R. Davis Jr. --
Written law as words to live by / Paul Dresch --
Telling stories about (Roman) law : rules and concepts in legal discourse / Caroline Humfress --
Rules, proverbs, and persuasion : legalism and rhetoric in Tibet / Fernanda Pirie --
'Half-free' categories in the early Middle Ages : fine status distinctions before professional lawyers / Alice Rio --
In praise of disorder : breaking the rules in northern Chad / Judith Scheele --
A polyphony of rules and categories : the case of early Rus / Simon Franklin --
Categories and consequences in Amazonia / Elizabeth Ewart --
Legalism and the care of the self : Sharīʻa discourse in contemporary Lebanon / Morgan Clarke.
Responsibility: edited by Paul Dresch and Judith Scheele.
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Drawing on a wide range of historical and ethnographic examples, this volume elucidates the relationship between legal thinking and explicit rules and categories from a rigorously cross-cultural and  Read more...

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