The Life of the Law
By (author) Laura Nader
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Life of the Law by Laura Nader
Book DescriptionLaura Nader, an instrumental figure in the development of the field of legal anthropology, investigates an issue of vital importance for our time: the role of the law in the struggle for social and economic justice. In this book she gives an overview of the history of legal anthropology and at the same time urges anthropologists, lawyers, and activists to recognize the centrality of law in social change. Nader traces the evolution of the plaintiff's role in the United States in the second half of the twentieth century and passionately argues that the atrophy of the plaintiff's power during this period represents a profound challenge to justice and democracy. Taking into account the vast changes wrought in both anthropology and the law by globalization, Nader speaks to the increasing dominance of large business corporations and the prominence of neoliberal ideology and practice today. In her discussion of these trends, she considers the rise of the alternative dispute resolution movement, which since the 1960s has been part of a major overhaul of the U.S. judicial system. Nader links the increasing popularity of this movement with the erosion of the plaintiff's power and suggests that mediation as an approach to conflict resolution is structured to favor powerful - often corporate - interests.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520231634
(210mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Laura Nader
What the Rest Think of the West, Paperback (October 2015)
Provides a historical look through the eyes of outsiders as they survey and scrutinize the politics, science, technology, religion, family practices, and gender roles of civilizations not their own. This book emphasizes the broader figurative meaning of looking west in the scope of history.
Culture and Dignity, Hardback (October 2012)
* Outlines an anthropology for the 21st century that focuses on the myriad connections between peoples especially the critical intercultural dialogues between the cultures of the East and the West * Takes an historical and ethnographic approach to studying the intermingling of Arab peoples and the West.
Energy Reader, Hardback (April 2010)
The Energy Reader presents a series of readings that examine the energy problem from an anthropological perspective and look at energy holistically, including social and cultural components and long term implications for global and social environmental change.
Plunder, Hardback (March 2008)» View all books by Laura Nader
Plunder examines the dark side of the Rule of Law and explores how it has been used as a powerful political weapon by Western countries in order to legitimize plunder - the practice of violent extraction by stronger political actors victimizing weaker ones.
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Author Biography - Laura Nader
Laura Nader is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Naked Science: Anthropological Inquiry into Boundaries, Power, and Knowledge (1996) and Harmony Ideology: Justice and Control in a Zapotec Mountain Village (1990), and editor of Law in Culture and Society (paperback edition, California, 1997).
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