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2003

Philosophy

James M. Donovan

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Anthropology & Law, James M. Donovan, H. Edwin Anderson Jul 2003

Anthropology & Law, James M. Donovan, H. Edwin Anderson

James M. Donovan

This book defends the thesis that the two fields of law and anthropology co-exist in a condition of "balanced reciprocity" wherein each makes important contributions to the successful practice and theory of the other. Anthropology offers a cross-culturally validated generic concept of "law," and clarifies other important legal concepts such as "religion" and "human rights." Law similarly illuminates key anthropological ideas such as the "social contract," and provides a uniquely valuable access point for the analysis of sociocultural systems.