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Practicing Ethnography in Law: New Dialogues, Enduring Methods

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Edited by: Mark Goodale, June Starr

ISBN13: 9781403960696
ISBN: 1403960690
Published: January 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



Practicing Ethnography in Law brings together a selection of top scholars in legal anthropology, social sciences, and law to delineate the state of the art in ethnographic research strategies. Each of these original essays addresses a particular set of analytical problems and uses these problems to explore issues of ethnographic technique, research methodology, and the theoretical underpinnings of ethnographic legal studies. Subjects explored include the relationship between legal and feminist scholarship, between law and the media, law and globalization, and the usefulness of a wide variety of research techniques: comparative, linguistic, life history, interview, and archival. This volume will serve as a guide for students who are designing their own research projects, for scholars who are newly exploring the possibilities of ethnographic research, and for experienced ethnographers who are engaged with methodological issues in light of current theoretical developments. The book will be essential reading for courses in anthropological methods, legal anthropology, and sociology and law.

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Contents:
Preface ,J.Starr, J.Collier; & ,S.Merry; Introduction Legal Ethnography: New Dialogues, Enduring Methods ,J.Starr; & ,M.Goodale
PART I: PERFORMING LEGAL ETHNOGRAPHY Feminist Participatory Research on Legal Consciousness ,S.Hirsch; Trekking Processual Planes Beyond the Rule of Law ,P.Parnell; Legal Ethnography in an Era of Globalization: The Arrival of Western Human Rights Discourse to Rural Bolivia ,M.Goodale; Analyzing Witchcraft Beliefs ,J.Collier; Exploring Legal Culture in Law Avoidance Societies ,R.Kidder; Reconceptualizing Research: Ethnographic Fieldwork and Immigration Politics in Southern California ,S.Coutin; Ethnography in the Archives ,S.Engle Merry; Stories from the Field: Collecting Data Outside Over There ,H.M.Kritzer; Doing Ethnography: Living Law, Life Histories, and Narratives from Botswana ,A.Griffiths
PART II: REFLECTIONS ON ETHNOGRAPHY IN LAW A Few Thoughts on Ethnography, History, and Law ,L.Friedman; Moving On: Comprehending Anthropologies of Law ,L.Nader;