Legal Anthropology: An Introduction offers an initial overview of the challenging debates surrounding the cross-cultural analysis of legal systems. Equal parts review and criticism, James M. Donovan outlines the historical landmarks in the development of the discipline, identifying both strengths and weaknesses of each stage and contribution. Legal Anthropology suggests that future progress can be made by looking at the perceived fairness of social regulation, rather than sanction or dispute resolution as the distinguishing feature of law.
James M. Donovan teaches legal anthropology at the University of Georgia. He is co-author of Anthropology and Law.
Part 1 Introduction: Why Study Legal Anthropology Part 2 Section I: General Background Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Philosophical Starting Points Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Studying Law in the Field Part 5 Section II: Forerunners Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Natural Law: Description and Reactions Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Sociology of Law Part 8 Section III: Ethnographic Foundations Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Malinowski and Reciprocity-Based Law Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Schapera and Codification of Indigenous Law Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Hoebel and the Rise and Legal Realism Chapter 12 Chapter 8: Gluckman and Identification of Legal Universals Chapter 13 Chapter 9: Bohanna and Relativism Chapter 14 Chapter 10: Pospisil and Differentiating the Institutions of Social Regulation Chapter 15 Chapter 11: Nader and Processualism Chapter 16 Chapter 12: O'Barr & Conley and Studying Up Part 17 Section IV: Highlights of Comparative Anthropology Chapter 18 Chapter 13: Cross-Cultural Comparison Chapter 19 Chapter 14: Dispute Resolution Chapter 20 Chapter 15: Legal Pluralism Part 21 Section V: Issues in Applied Legal Anthropology Chapter 22 Chapter 16: Human Rights Chapter 23 Chapter 17: Intellectual Property Rights Chapter 24 Chapter 18: The Cultural Defense Chapter 25 Chapter 19: Terrorism Chapter 26 Chapter 20: A Fairness-Centered Legal Anthropology Chapter 27 Chapter 21: Overview and Prospects
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