Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social by Alain Pottage
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Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social
By Alain Pottage

Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social

Making Persons and Things

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Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social by Alain Pottage

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This collection of interdisciplinary essays explores how persons and things - the central elements of the social - are fabricated by legal rituals and institutions. The contributors, legal and anthropological theorists alike, focus on a set of specific institutional and ethnographic contexts, and some unexpected and thought-provoking analogies emerge from this intellectual encounter between law and anthropology. For example, contemporary anxieties about the legal status of the biotechnological body seem to resonate with the questions addressed by ancient Roman law in its treatment of dead bodies. The analogy between copyright and the transmission of intangible designs in Melanesia suddenly makes western images of authorship seem quite unfamiliar. A comparison between law and laboratory science presents the production of legal artefacts in new light. These studies are of particular relevance at a time when law, faced with the inventiveness of biotechnology, finds it increasingly difficult to draw the line between persons and things.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521831789
ISBN-10: 0521831784
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 324
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alain Pottage

Alain Pottage is reader in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Martha Mundy is reader in Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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