Anthropology of Law 

Course Number: 
157
Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Location: 
160 Kroeber Hall
Instructor: 
Laura Nader
Units: 
4
Time: 
Tu-Th 11:00 - 12:30

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.

Texts: 

Plunder: When the Rule of Law is Illegal. Mattei, U and Nader, L. 978-1405178945

The Life of the Law: Anthropological Projects. Nader, L. 978-0520231634

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