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Legalism: Rules and Categories

Paul Dresch and Judith Scheele


Mainstream historians in recent decades have often treated formal categories and rules as something to be ‘used’ by individuals, as one might use a stick or stone, and the gains of an earlier legal history are often needlessly set aside. Anthropologists, meanwhile, have treated rules as analytic error and categories as an imposition by outside powers or by analysts, leaving a very thin notion of ‘practice’ as the stuff of social life. Philosophy of an older vintage, as well as the work of for instance Charles Taylor, provides fresh approaches when applied imaginatively to cases beyond the phil ... More

Keywords: rules, categories, history, anthropology, philosophy, law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753810
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753810.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Dresch, editor
Emertius Research Fellow, St John's College, Oxford

Judith Scheele, editor
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford