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- DescriptionThis collection of interdisciplinary essays explores how persons and things - the central elements of the social - are fabricated by legal rituals and institutions. The contributors, legal and anthropological theorists alike, focus on a set of specific institutional and ethgraphic contexts, and some unexpected and thought-provoking analogies emerge from this intellectual encounter between law and anthropology. For example, contemporary anxieties about the legal status of the biotechlogical body seem to resonate with the questions addressed by ancient Roman law in its treatment of dead bodies. The analogy between copyright and the transmission of intangible designs in Melanesia suddenly makes western images of authorship seem quite unfamiliar. A comparison between law and laboratory science presents the production of legal artefacts in new light. These studies are of particular relevance at a time when law, faced with the inventiveness of biotechlogy, finds it increasingly difficult to draw the line between persons and things.
- Author BiographyAlain Pottage is reader in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Martha Mundy is reader in Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication24/06/2004
- SubjectLaw: General & Reference
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Law and Society
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight480 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byAlain Pottage,Ms. Martha Mundy
- Series Edited byChris Arup,Martin Chanock,Pat O'Malley,Sally Engle Merry,Susan Silbey
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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