Ethnography in Ordinary Case Law

Rebecca R French

in Law and Anthropology

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199580910
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723025 | DOI:

Series: Current Legal Issues

 Ethnography in Ordinary Case Law

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Legal anthropologists generally ignore the actual law cases of the legal profession; that is, they don't turn their lens on basic ‘black-letter law’ as a fieldsite. In short, anthropologists don't generally do ethnography in the ordinary case law reports, thereby missing some of the advantages this might bring: it is a project that both scholars and students can do from their computer desks; it allows them to look at the real world of law and legal practice; and it can produce interesting results that are usable by both practitioners and a range of academics. This chapter shows that such a case law examination will reveal exciting areas for further research.

Keywords: law; anthropology; legal anthropologists; case law

Chapter.  8667 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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