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Lawyers and Savages: Ancient History and Legal Realism in the Making of Legal Anthropology


ISBN13: 9781138685949
Published: May 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2014)
Price: £34.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780415737012



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Legal primitivism was a complex phenomenon that combined the study of early European legal traditions with studies on the legal customs of indigenous peoples. Lawyers and Savages: Ancient History and Legal Realism in the Making of Legal Anthropology explores the rise and fall of legal primitivism, and its connection to the colonial encounter. Through examples such as blood feuds, communalism, ordeals, ritual formalism and polygamy, this book traces the intellectual revolution of legal anthropology and demonstrates how this scholarship had a clear impact in legitimating the colonial experience.

Detailing how legal realism drew on anthropology in order to help counter the hypothetical constructs of legal formalism, it also shows how, despite their explicit rejection, the central themes of primitive law continue to influence current ideas – about indigenous legal systems, but also of the place and role of law in development.

Written in an engaging style and rich in examples from history and literature, this book will be invaluable to those with interests in legal realism, legal history or legal anthropology.

Subjects:
Legal History, Jurisprudence
Contents:
Preface
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Blood: Law as Culture
Chapter 3. Sex: The Fascination of Primitive Law
Chapter 4. Magic: The Realist Revolution
Chapter 5. The Banality of Pluralism
Chapter 6. Conclusions, Bibliography, Index