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Of Doubt and Proof: Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment

Edited by: Daniela Berti, Anthony Good, Gilles Tarabout

ISBN13: 9781472434517
Published: April 2015
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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All institutions concerned with the process of judging - whether it be deciding between alternative courses of action, determining a judge's professional integrity, assigning culpability for an alleged crime, or ruling on the credibility of an asylum claimant - are necessarily directly concerned with the question of doubt.

Broadening the theoretical understandings of the social role of doubt, both in social science and in law, the authors present these understandings in ways that not only contribute to academic knowledge but are also useful to professionals and other participants engaged in the process of judging. This collection will consequently be of great interest to academics researching in the fields of legal anthropology, ritual studies, legal sociology, criminology, and socio-legal studies.

Foreword, Antoine Garapon
Introduction: technologies of doubt in law and ritual, Anthony Good, Daniela Berti and Gilles Tarabout
Technicalities of doubting. Temple consultations and criminal trials in India, Daniela Berti
Judging destiny: doubt and certainty in Chinese divinatory rituals, Stephanie Homola
Religious uncertainty, astrology, and the courts in South India, Gilles Tarabout
When judges feel misjudged: encountering doubt in Ghanaian courts, Jan Budniok
Doubt in action: the different times of doubt in French Assize courts, Veronique Bouillier
'The benefit of the doubt' in British asylum claims and international cricket, Anthony Good
In doubt: documents as fetishes in the Danish asylum system, Zachary Whyte
Emotions as evidence. Hearings in the French asylum court, Carolina Kobelinsky
Afterword, Tobias Kelly