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Producing Legality: Law and Socialism in Cuba

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Marjorie S. ZatzArizona State University, USA

ISBN13: 9780415908566
ISBN: 0415908566
Published: June 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

""Producing Legality"" tells the story of how law and legality are understood by Cuban policy-makers and legal scholars. Marjorie S. Zatz explores their vision for Cuban society and the strategies they employ to create a legal order that will be respected by the Cuban people and the international community. Throughout, she discusses the cultural and structural contraints that limit their options, linking abstract theories of law-making and the state to specific dilemmas that confront individual policy-makers. The work is based on ethnographic field work in Cuba over a seven-year period, in-depth interviews with top policy-makers, and an analysis of documentary data available only in Cuba. ""Producing Legality"" provides a window into the offical construction of socialist legality and the dissemination of this legal consciousness throughout the country. ""Producing Legality"" provides a rigorous and provocative account of the inner workings of the Cuban legal system while demonstrating how law and legality are ""produced"" and ""reproduced"" on a daily basis in the courts, workplaces, law schools, state agencies and legislature of the country.

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Part I Context and Theoretical Framework: 1. The Social Context - Daily Life in Cuba, 1985-1990 2. The Form and Content of Legality - Integrating Structure and Ideology. Part II Strategies for Producing Legality: 3. Reaching a Consensus - The Process of Law Creation 4. Producing Jurists - Legal Education in Cuba 5. Legal Adaptions from Abroad. Part III The Daily Production and Reproduction of Legality: 6. Lay Judges - ""Bi-directionaly Trasmitters"" of Legality 7. Dispute Resolution in the Workplace 8. Conclusions Epilogue.