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Legalism: Community and Justice

Fernanda Pirie and Judith Scheele


That law is, or should be, related to justice generally goes without saying; that communities are the basis for (or objects of) laws is also easily assumed; and notable theories of justice explicitly or implicitly elide the two. In this volume historians and anthropologists use empirical examples to unpick conceptual knots formed by law, justice, and community, asking how these relations appear in practice, and how fundamental they are. A focus on legalism—a type of thought and means of understanding the world that makes categories and meanings explicit—brings local concepts, ideals, and dynam ... More

Keywords: Legalism, justice, community, cross-cultural comparison, history, anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fernanda Pirie, editor
University Lecturer and Director, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

Judith Scheele, editor
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford