What's Law Got to Do With It?

Sat, 6/1: 4:45 PM  - 6:30 PM 
Roundtable Session 
Saturday Session 5 
Room: Regency A Table 4 
Anthropological studies of law have moved far beyond the rule-collecting of the early twentieth century and the dispute analysis characteristic of the mid-late twentieth century. Today, those of us interested in "things legal" are much more likely to focus on what is adjacent to law-artifacts, institutions, performativity, learning processes, the paper materials of law, its literal forms-rather than on rules, bodies of rules, and their efficacy in resolving disputes (or lack thereof). But has the pendulum swung too far? Does a contemporary anthropology of law have any space left for the content of rules-rules that matter to the very interlocutors whose artifacts and institutions we seek to study? This roundtable brings together anthropologists with wide-ranging interests to explore the place of law in current legal anthropology.


VĂ©ronique Fortin, Universite de Sherbrooke  - Contact Me


Matthew Canfield, Drake University, Law, Politics, and Society  - Contact Me


Anya Bernstein, SUNY Buffalo Law School  - Contact Me
Leo Coleman, Hunter College/CUNY  - Contact Me
Deepa Das Acevedo, University of Alabama Law School  - Contact Me
Meghan L. Morris, American Bar Foundation  - Contact Me
Anna Offit, New York University School of Law  - Contact Me


03: Ethnography, Law & Society

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Legal Culture, Legal Consciousness, Comparative Legal Cultures
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