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Fernanda Pirie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696840.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Anthropology of Law

Fernanda Pirie

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter addresses the question of why anthropologists should explore the nature of law. The discussions cover law as an anthropological subject; law as a polythetic category; law in legal anthropology; legalism; legal theory; and an anthropology of law. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   nature of law, social anthropology, legal anthropology, legalism, legal theory

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