This course is about the different ways humans construct and use law – for purposes of disputing, as a mechanism for centralizing power, as an idiom of social relations, a tool for colonization and plunder. The course is comparative and includes non-western and western or euro-American societies, small scale communities and large scale societies, national and transnational. Current examples of lawlessness, collective punishment, eminent domain, vengeance and torture will be included.
The Life of the Law: Anthropological Projects. Nader, L. 978-0520231634