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Faculty of Arts and SciencesAnthropologyRonald Niezen
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2018-2019  (show academic calendar)MW   10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Sever 305 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate and Undergraduate

This course has two principal goals: The first is to introduce students to the key issues, concepts, and methods of the anthropology of law as a distinct field of research. This part of the course in the first several weeks covers the intellectual history of legal anthropology, outlining the legacy of the most influential approaches to the comparative and ethnographic study of legal systems. Second, the anthropology of law will be approached as a sub-discipline with important things to say about contemporary cultural contests, activism, group representation, and identity formation. It has emerged in the past decade or so as a particularly ground breaking field of research, in part because it has become central to understanding the changed dynamics of cultural expression and collective identity through new avenues of communication and transnational networking. In many parts of the world, legal systems are ?pluralizing,? often integrating local conceptions of justice with formal procedures and institutions. At the same time, more people and organizations than ever before are using the institutions and mechanisms of law to achieve conditions of equal access to the benefits of rights, recognition, and prosperity, above all through new standards and processes of human rights and environmental justice.

Professor Ronald Niezen is the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies.

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Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

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