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Understanding law in Micronesia : an interpretive approach to transplanted law

Author: Brian Z Tamanaha
Publisher: Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 1993.
Series: Studies in human society, v. 7.
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Examines law in Micronesia through a focus on the meaningful actions and understandings of legal actors and non-legal actors. It addresses subjects which range from the nature of legal thinking to  Read more...


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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Z Tamanaha
ISBN: 9004097686 9789004097681
OCLC Number: 27725690
Description: viii, 214 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface CHAPTER ONE, Introduction Existing Approaches to Transplanted Law A. The Law and Development Movement B. Legal culture C. Legal Anthropology and Legal Pluralism Understanding (Law in Micronesia) (Understanding Law) in Micronesia Thesis CHAPTER TWO, The Setting Law from Afar Actors A. Expatriate Lawyer B. Micronesian Lawyer C. Non-Lawyer Micronesian Legal Actors D. Micronesian Non-Legal Actors Legal discourse A. Legal Language is English B. Legal Language C. Stylized Mode of Discourse When a Judge Is a Judge A Case of Translation Law's Resistance People behind the Law Leaving the Setting CHAPTER THREE, Theory Talk Mundane Phenomenology of Alfred Schutz A. Intersubjectivity, Thought, and Social Interaction B. Methodology: Intersubjective Meaning and Ideal Types C. Softening Schutz's Objectivism Geertz's Cultural Hermeneutics: Thick Description Schutz and Geertz, and Their Shared Weakness Self-serving Note on Methodology CHAPTER FOUR, Law in Interpretive Terms Legal Institution as a Complex of Connected Actions Elements of Law Internal Legal Attitude of the U.S. Legal tradition A. Law as a Separate Reality B. Judging: Cognitive Style and Patterns of Thought A Claim to Plausibility CHAPTER FIVE, Back to Micronesia Communities of Mixed Thought and Mixed Communities of Thought A. The Concept Culture B. Two Senses of Mixed Culture C. A Stranger in the Community Inside the Legal Arena A. Expatriate Lawyers in the Internal Legal Attitude B. Micronesian Lawyers in the Internal Legal Attitude C. Non-Lawyer Micronesian Legal Actor's Experience of Law D. Impact of Non-Lawyer Judges on Operation of Legal System E. Countervailing Poles Seeing Something Else When Looking at Law A. The Ideology of Law B. Law as a Symbol C. Legal Institutions and Legal System D. What They Do See E. Law at a Distance F. Advantage of Positive Knowledge about Law G. Cross-Cultural Interaction within a Community CHAPTER SIX, An Autonomous Law The Autonomy of Law Figuration Theory National and State Level Figurations Three Types of Autonomy CHAPTER SEVEN, Conclusion Bibliography Index
Series Title: Studies in human society, v. 7.
Responsibility: by Brian Z. Tamanaha.


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