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Reading Legal History through Anthropology


Law and law-like institutions are visible in human societies very distant from each other in time and space. When it comes to observing and analysing such social constructs historians, anthropologists, and lawyers run into notorious difficulties in how to conceptualize them. Do they conform to a single category of 'law'? How are divergent understandings of the nature and purpose of law to be described and explained? Such questions reach to the heart of philosophical attempts to understand the nature of law, but arise whenever we are confronted by law-like practices and concepts in societies not our own. [Publisher's abstract]


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Louis Assier Andrieu. Reading Legal History through Anthropology. Paul Dresch; Hannah Skoda. Legalism, Oxford University Press, pp.240 - 244, 2013, 9780199664269. ⟨hal-02189811⟩
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