A fresh theory on how individuals respond to inequalities occurring within their own communities. This original and insightful study draws on empirical research on the Santal people of Asia, examining power relations within social fields, and the state, to reveal a typology of power practices, and applies these to forced marriage in the West.
Fauzia Knight is an independent scholar based in the UK and former Joint Director of the BA in Anthropology and Law at the London School of Ecomomics and Political Science.
1. Introduction.- 2. Power, Resistance And Legal Pluralism: Processes of Freedom and Constraint.- 3. The Santal: Processes of Subordination in the State.- 4. The Primary Construction of Inequality: Kinship, Law and Ritual in the Santal Family and Village.- 5. Resisting from Without: The Illusive Promise of the Alternative Legal Order.- 6. The Realisation of Needs from Within: The Power Product and Non-Compliance.- 7. A Tripartite Theory: Power Practices and Embedded Change.- 8. Forced Marriage: Engaging with Renegotiations Within.- 9. Conclusion.