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The life of the law : anthropological projects

Author: Laura Nader
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2002.
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Laura Nader 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  Read more...
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Nader, Laura.
Life of the law.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2002
(DLC) 2001027675
(OCoLC)46731167
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Nader
ISBN: 9780520936188 0520936183 058546846X 9780585468464 1597347132 9781597347136
OCLC Number: 52999594
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 262 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; Introduction; 1. Evolving an Ethnography of Law: A Personal Document; 2. Lawyers and Anthropologists; 3. Hegemonic Processes in Law: Colonial to Contemporary; 4. The Plaintiff: A User Theory; Epilogue; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX.
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Laura Nader 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 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.

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