Introduction: Law and Anthropology

Michael Freeman and David Napier

in Law and Anthropology

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

Series: Current Legal Issues

Introduction: Law and Anthropology

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This introductory chapter discusses the development of studies on legal anthropology. It argues that the scope and nature of legal anthropology has changed and broadened considerably in the last generation. The concerns of the legal anthropologist are now similar to those whose discipline is general social theory and sociology, including sociology of law. As anthropologists turned their attention away from simple societies to their own more complex world, concerns also shifted, both to the examination of regular legal culture, and to systems that stand in for or replace regular systems of law. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: law; legal anthropology; anthropological research; social theory; sociology

Chapter.  6172 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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