Dignity in Turbulent Times: Disputed Questions of Law, Justice, and Rights

Fri, 5/31: 10:00 AM  - 11:45 AM 
Paper Session 
Friday Session 2 
Room: Congressional B 
Ethnographic studies of law and society have become integral to understanding diverse lived realities. This panel features in-depth research that explores how people understand and maintain dignity in a changing world. Considering the challenges of these turbulent political times, our aim is to explore and better understand what, as well as how, dignity comes to mean in everyday life and the various ways people engage with, use, or circumvent law to maintain their dignity. Papers consider how participants negotiate law in the context of human rights, forensic science, specialist courts, and seemingly mundane practices of dispute resolution. Capturing diverse sites and forms of engagement, the papers explore different meanings and tensions that emerge around dignity in legalized contexts.


Kathryn Henne, University of Waterloo  - Contact Me


03: Ethnography, Law & Society

Primary Keyword

Access to Justice

Secondary Keyword



Conceptions of 'Self' and of 'Dignity' : Victims Versus Their Natal Family Members in Human Rights Cases in India


Tamara Relis, London School of Economics, South Asia Centre  - Contact Me

Decolonizing or ‘Deep Colonizing’ Practices in Australian Murri Courts


Amelia Radke, University of Queensland  - Contact Me

Dignifying the Database: A Necropolitics for Turbulent Times, Mexico Edition


Vivette Garcia-Deister, UNAM  - Contact Me

Ritual Propriety in the Aftermath of a Traffic Accident


Kristin Makai Sangren, University of California-Berkeley  - Contact Me

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