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Colonizing Hawai'i : the cultural power of law

Author: Sally Engle Merry
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
Series: Princeton studies in culture/power/history.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How does law transform family, sexuality, and community in the fractured social world characteristic of the colonizing process? The law was a cornerstone of the so-called civilizing process of nineteenth-century colonialism. It was simultaneously a means of transformation and a marker of the seductive idea of civilization. Sally Engle Merry reveals how, in Hawai'i, indigenous Hawaiian law was displaced by a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Merry, Sally Engle, 1944-2020.
Colonizing Hawai'i.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000
(DLC) 99030345
(OCoLC)41266257
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sally Engle Merry
ISBN: 9780691221984 0691221987
OCLC Number: 1226522042
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 371 pages) : illustrations, 1 map
Contents: A note on language and terminology --
Part 1: Encounters in a contact zone : New England missionaries, lawyers, and the appropriation of Ango-American law, 1820-1852. The process of legal transformation ; The first transition : religious law ; The second transition : secular law --
Part 2: Local practices of policing and judging in Hilo, Hawai'i. The social history of a planation town ; Judges and caseloads in Hilo ; Protest and the law on the Hilo Sugar Planation ; Sexuality, marriage, and the management of the body --
Conclusion --
Appendixes. A. Cases from Hilo District Court ; B. Accompanying tables.
Series Title: Princeton studies in culture/power/history.
Responsibility: Sally Engle Merry.
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How does law transform family, sexuality, and community in the fractured social world characteristic of the colonizing process? The law was a cornerstone of the so-called civilizing process of nineteenth-century colonialism. It was simultaneously a means of transformation and a marker of the seductive idea of civilization. Sally Engle Merry reveals how, in Hawai'i, indigenous Hawaiian law was displaced by a transplanted Anglo-American law as global movements of capitalism, Christianity, and imperialism swept across the islands. The new law brought novel systems of courts, prisons, and conceptions of discipline and dramatically changed the marriage patterns, work lives, and sexual conduct of the indigenous people of Hawai'i.

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