Inside and Outside the Law

European Association of Social Anthropologists

Olivia Harris

Routledge, 1996

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Inside and Outside the Law analyses the relationship between the law, the state and its citizens. Drawing on general theories and specific case-studies, it examines the diverse ways in which people in different cultural and historical settings have experienced the ambiguities of law. Its theme develops to engage with current debates concerning the status of rules and codification in social life and to the revival of interest in moralities. With chapters that encompass countries such as Peru, Mozambique, Spain, Iran, the US and Britain this book has a strong global perspective.

Table of contents : 

Book Cover……Page 1
Half-Title……Page 2
Series Title……Page 3
Title……Page 5
Copyright……Page 6
Content……Page 7
Contributors……Page 9
Acknowledgements……Page 10
1 Introduction……Page 12
Part I The state and its attributes……Page 25
2 Human rights talk and anthropological ambivalence The particular contexts of universal claims……Page 27
3 Vigilantism Order and disorder on the frontiers of the state……Page 44
4 Trading in ambiguity Law, rights and realities in the distribution of land in northern Mozambique……Page 56
Part II Sexuality and legitimacy……Page 69
5 The law and the market rhetorics of exclusion and inclusion among London prostitutes……Page 71
6 In praise of bastards the uncertainties of mestizo identity in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Andes……Page 88
Part III The complicity of religion and state……Page 107
7 Living their lives in courts the counter-hegemonic force of the Tswana kgotla in a colonical context……Page 109
8 A public flogging in south-western Iran juridical rule, abolition of legality and local resistence……Page 133
9 Which centre, whose margin? Notes towards an archaeology of US Supreme Court Case 91—948, 1993(Church of the Lukumi vs. City of Hialeah, South Florida)……Page 155
Index……Page 176