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Contested States: Law, Hegemony and Resistance

Contested States: Law, Hegemony and Resistance (Hardback)

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Contested States examines how hegemony is created and facilitated through law as well as how people use legal arenas to resist oppression. The essays, written by anthropologists and historians, offer rich historical and ethnographic detail as they engage these themes in such contexts as: colonial and post-colonial courts in Kenya, India, Uganda and the Caribbean; bureaucracies in Tonga and Turkey; and judicial processes in the historical and contemporary United States. Contested States contributes to the new focus on power and social process in legal studies and argues that while states encode and enforce law, a crucial part of the power of law is its very contestability. The book demonstrates that theoretical insights learned in legal arenas can deepen one's overall understanding of sociocultural order and the processes of historical and legal change.

Mindie Lazarus-Black is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Susan F. Hirsch is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wesleyan University.

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