Analyzing the workings of boundary maintenance in the areas of anthropology, energy, gender, and law, Nader contrasts dominant trends in academia with work that pushes the boundaries of acceptable methods and theories. Although the selections illustrate the history of one anthropologist's work over half a century, the wider intent is to label a field as contrarian to reveal unwritten rules that sometimes hinder transformative thinking.
Laura Nader is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current work focuses on how central dogmas are made and how they work. Her most recent publication is What the Rest Think of the West - Since 600 AD (University of California Press, 2015). In 1995, the Law and Society Association awarded her the Kalven Prize for distinguished research on law and society. Nader is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Chapter 1. Up the Anthropologist-Perspectives Gained From Studying Up Chapter 2. Barriers to Thinking New About Energy Chapter 3. The Vertical Slice: Child Rearing and Children Chapter 4. A User Theory of Law: Fourth Annual Alfred P. Murrah Lecture Chapter 5. The Subordination Of Women In Comparative Perspective Chapter 6. The ADR Explosion: Implications of Rhetoric in the Legal Reform Chapter 7. Post- Interpretive Anthropology Chapter 8. Orientalism, Occidentalism, and the Control of Women Chapter 9. From Legal Process to Mind Processing Chapter 10. Civilization and its Negotiations Chapter 11. Coercive Harmony: The Political Economy of Legal Models Chapter 12. The Three-Cornered Constellation: Magic, Science, and Religion Revisited Chapter 13. The Phantom Factor: Impact of the Cold War on Anthropology Chapter 14. Postscript on the Phantom Factor: More Ethnography of Anthropology Chapter 15. Controlling Processes: Tracing the Dynamic Components of Power Chapter 16. Pushing the Limits: Eclecticism on Purpose Chapter 17. In a Woman's Looking Glass: Normative Blindness and Unresolved Human Rights Issues Chapter 18. Crime as a Category Chapter 19. Breaking the Silence: Politics and Professional Autonomy Chapter 20. Iraq and Democracy Chapter 21. Law and the Theory of Lack: The 2005 Rudolph B. Schlesinger Lecture on International and Comparative Law Chapter 22. Promise or Plunder? A Past and Future Look at Law and Development Chapter 23. What the Rest Think of the West: Legal Dimensions Chapter 24. The Words We Use: Justice, Human Rights and the Sense of Injustice Chapter 25. Vengeance, Barbarism, and Osama Bin Laden: Full Circle Chapter 26. Three Jihads-Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Chapter 27. The Anthropologist, the State, the Empire and the "Tribe": New Dimensions from Akbar Ahmed's The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. (Brookings Press, 2013) Chapter 28. Whose Comparative Law? A Global Perspective Biblography Index