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The Anthropology of Law

Fernanda Pirie


Questions about the nature of law, its relationship with custom, and the distinctive form of legal rules, categories, and reasoning, are placed at the centre of this book. The book considers contemporary debates on human rights and new forms of property, and also delves into the rich corpus of texts and codes studied by legal historians, classicists, and orientalist scholars. Studies of the great legal systems of ancient China, India, and the Islamic world, unjustly neglected by anthropologists, are examined alongside forms of law created on their peripheries. The costumes of medieval Europe, ... More

Keywords: nature of law, custom, legal rules, reasoning, human rights, anthropologists, tribal groups, social order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199696840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fernanda Pirie, author
Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford