This book challenges the usual introductions to the study of law. It argues that law is inherently political and reflects the interests of the few even while presenting itself as neutral. The clarity of the arguments is admirably suited to provoking discussions of the role of law in our contemporary world. This fourth edition is fully revised and updated to provide an ideal resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students reading law.
This new edition provides contemporary examples to sustain the arguments in their relevance to the twenty-first century. The book includes an analysis of the common sense of law; the use of anthropological examples to gain external perspectives of our use and understanding of law; a consideration of central legal concepts, such as order, rules, property, dispute resolution, legitimation and the rule of law; an examination of the role of law in women's subordination and finally a critique of the effect of our understanding of law upon the wider world.
This book is ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students reading law, and will be of interest to those studying legal systems and skills courses, jurisprudence courses, and law and society.
1. The Common Sense of Law 2. Law, Order and Reality 3. Reality, Anthropology and Dispute Resolution 4. Making Rules, Making Property and Translating Disputes 5. Defining Disputes and Comprehending the World 6. Women and Subordination 7. Patriarchal Relations and Marriage 8. Men, Women, Work and Law 9. The Wider Implications of the Rule of Law 10. Legitimation, Sovereignty and Globalisation 11. Equality and the Rule of Law 12. Reconsiderations
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 8th July 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: New edition