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Law as Culture Lawrence Rosen

Law as Culture By Lawrence Rosen

Law as Culture by Lawrence Rosen


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Summary

Law is integral to culture, and culture to law. This book invites readers to consider how the facts that are adduced in a legal forum connect to the ways in which facts are constructed in other areas of everyday life, and how the processes of legal decision-making partake of the logic by which the culture as a whole is put together.

Law as Culture Summary

Law as Culture: An Invitation by Lawrence Rosen

Law is integral to culture, and culture to law. Often considered a distinctive domain with strange rules and stranger language, law is actually part of a culture's way of expressing its sense of the order of things. In Law as Culture, Lawrence Rosen invites readers to consider how the facts that are adduced in a legal forum connect to the ways in which facts are constructed in other areas of everyday life, how the processes of legal decision-making partake of the logic by which the culture as a whole is put together, and how courts, mediators, or social pressures fashion a sense of the world as consistent with common sense and social identity. While the book explores issues comparatively, in each instance it relates them to contemporary Western experience. The development of the jury and Continental legal proceedings thus becomes a story of the development of Western ideas of the person and time; African mediation techniques become tests for the style and success of similar efforts in America and Europe; the assertion that one's culture should be considered as an excuse for a crime becomes a challenge to the relation of cultural norms and cultural diversity. Throughout the book, the reader is invited to approach law afresh, as a realm that is integral to every culture and as a window into the nature of culture itself.

Law as Culture Reviews

Lawrence Rosen exposes as false the view that law is an independent source of truth. Jurisprudence has a tendency to treat law as something given in nature, with a capacity to discern facts and attain absolute truth. This idea Rosen is determined to denounce... Rosen stresses that any uncertainty tends to put the law under cultural pressure. Though Rosen sees law's main function as establishing faith in an orderly universe, he pays due attention to its many areas of uncertainty... [This book] deserve[s] to be widely read.--Mary Douglas, American Interest [A]n important book, making it well worthwhile to take time off from thinking about law only as framing structures of domination and as the preserve of a specialist service profession.--Simon Roberts, Modern Law Review Using a range of cross-cultural evidence from Europe, Africa, Latin America, and North America, and employing numerous drawings and photographs, he explores how courts, mediation, and law are involved in creating a sense of the world that is consistent with common sense.--Law and Social Inquiry Law As Culture is a cultured reading experience in its own right and most suitable for any academic and specialist library collection.--Stuart Hannabuss, Library Review Law as Culture is quite appealing in enquiring further and 'elsewhere' the cultural construction of legality. The book can be recommended as a useful introduction to 'cultural studies' and anthropology and remains a beneficial reference to a wide range of academic scholars.--Esther Abin, In-Spire

About Lawrence Rosen

Lawrence Rosen is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and adjunct professor of Law at Columbia University. Named to the first group of MacArthur Fellows, he is the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation. Among his previous books are The Anthropology of Justice, The Justice of Islam, and The Culture of Islam.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Introduction 1 CHAPTER 1: Law and Social Control 14 CHAPTER 2: Creating Facts 68 CHAPTER 3: Reason, Power, Law 131 CHAPTER 4: Law as Cosmology 169 Conclusion 198 Further Reading 201 Index 213

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GOR004005580
9780691136448
0691136440
Law as Culture: An Invitation by Lawrence Rosen
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Princeton University Press
20080323
232
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