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796.14 - Anthropology and the Law
Professor: Stanley K. Laughlin Jr.
Semester: 2010 Autumn
Second Writing Requirement? Yes
Professional Responsibility? No
Special Notes: This class meets on the University's QUARTER SCHEDULE.
Law is often viewed (and taught) as an autonomous system of abstract concepts and precepts with its own logic, which can precind from other parts of a society. Anthropologists such as Hoebel, Pospisil, and Nadar and some legal scholars such as Oliver W. Holmes have held that law can be properly understood only as an integral part of the sociocultural settings. By that approach, we shall try to understand more about the nature of law itself, its relation to other parts of the sociocultural system, and the processes through which law functions in any society.
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