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Substantial justice : an anthropology of village courts in Papua New Guinea

Author: Michael Goddard
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Papua New Guinea's village court system was introduced in 1974, partly in an effort to overcome the legal, geographical, and social distance between village societies and the country's formal courts. There are now more than 1100 village courts all over PNG, hearing thousands of cases each week. This anthropological study is grounded in ethnographic research on three different village courts and the communities they  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Goddard
ISBN: 9781845455613 1845455614
OCLC Number: 255894599
Description: xvii, 311 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Colonial law : an extended prelude to the village courts --
The administration of village courts --
Village courts on trial --
Three village courts and their social environments --
Village court politics --
Pari village court in action --
Konedobu village court in action --
Erima village court in action --
Between groups and individuals.
Responsibility: Michael Goddard.

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Papua New Guinea's village court system was introduced in 1974, partly in an effort to overcome the legal, geographical, and social distance between village societies and the country's formal courts.  Read more...

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