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Regimes of Legalities: Ethnography of Criminal Cases in South Asia

Edited by: Devika Bordia, Daniela Berti

ISBN13: 9780199456741
Published: September 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £32.99



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This edited volume provides an anthropological approach to examining the way criminal cases are dealt with by courts in South Asia. It takes criminal cases as a framework to study how power dynamics and individual strategies either comply or clash with a legal setting.

The case-study approach that is used here allows us to examine a set of state and non-state institutions and the practices of people associated with them. It helps analyse 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 major role.

The volume relies on the theoretical assumption that the study of these judiciary cases in all their multifaceted complexity provides a pertinent and original angle from which to access some issues of contemporary India, as well as a variety of frameworks where the interactions between different forms of operative power and authority may be observed. The respective authors contextualize the contributions in terms of the activism, discourses and relationships around criminal cases that shape how ideas circulate in the public sphere and how mediation and negotiation between different actors characterize police and court practices.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Asia
Contents:
Foreword by Anthony Good
Acknowledgements
Introduction
I."3 PUNISHMENTS FOR 3 MISTAKES": NEGOTIATING BETWEEN COURTS, POLICE AND MEDIATION IN FAMILY LAW AND FAMILY VIOLENCE : SRIMATI BASU
II.'PYAR KIYA TOH DARNA KYA': ON CRIMINALIZING LOVE : PRATIKSHA BAXI
III.BINDING FICTIONS. CONTRADICTING FACTS AND JUDICIAL CONSTRAINTS IN A NARCOTIC CASE IN HIMACHAL PRADESH : DANIELA BERTI
IV. THE 'SECULARISM CASE': PROSECUTION OF A HINDU ACTIVIST BEFORE A QUASI-JUDICIAL AUTHORITY IN THE NEPAL TARAI : CHIARA LETIZIA
V. ENFORCING THE LAW IN A HOSTILE CONTEXT. DALIT ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND ITS MEDIATIONS IN UTTAR PRADESH. :NICOLAS JAOUL
VI. CULTURES OF POLICING: PANCHAYAT-POLICE PRACTICES AND THE MAKING OF A CRIMINAL CASE IN WESTERN INDIA : DEVIKA BORDIA
VII. "THE DEVIL'S COURT!" THE TRIAL OF KATTA PANCHAYATS (TAMIL NADU) : ZOE E. HEADLEY
VIII. FROM 'SHE-MALES' TO 'UNIX': TRANSGENDER RIGHTS AND THE PRODUCTIVE PARADOXES OF PAKISTANI POLICING : JEFFREY A. REDDING
IX. A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE: CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVING SOUTH ASIAN PEOPLE IN FRENCH ASSIZE COURTS : VERONIQUE BOUILLIER
Notes on Editors and Contributors
Index