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Regimes of Legality: Ethnography of Criminal Cases in South Asia

Daniela Berti and Devika Bordia


An anthropological study on judicial practices in South Asia, this volume takes criminal cases as frameworks to examine power dynamics within a legal setting. Case studies in this book analyse a set of state and non-state institutions and the practices of people associated with them. The essays delve into the underlying tension in institutional contexts between legal practitioners such as police officers, lawyers, and judges who orient their claims towards neutralism, objectivity, and equality and a set of everyday interactions and decisions where cultural, social, and political factors play a ... More

Keywords: courtroom ethnography, legal narratives, settlement negotiations, legal fiction, police, panchayat, legal pluralism, tribal, gender, Hindu Nationalism

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199456741
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199456741.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniela Berti, editor
'Chargée de Recherche' research fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research, Paris; and Centre for Himalayan Studies, Villejuif

Devika Bordia, editor
Postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Goettingen

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