Comparative Anthropology of Law

COMPARATIVE LAW AND SOCIETY: RESEARCH HANDBOOKS IN COMPARATIVE LAW, David Clark, ed., Edward Elgar, 2012

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1184

16 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2012  

Elizabeth Mertz

University of Wisconsin - Madison; American Bar Foundation

Mark Goodale

George Mason University

Date Written: January 20, 2012

Abstract

This Article reviews the history and current status of Legal Anthropology, a subfield of the general field of Sociocultural Anthropology. It describes successive transformations in the anthropological study of law and law-like systems across cultures and through time.

Keywords: legal anthropology, empirical legal studies, new legal realism, law and social science, legal ethnography

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Mertz, Elizabeth and Goodale, Mark, Comparative Anthropology of Law (January 20, 2012). COMPARATIVE LAW AND SOCIETY: RESEARCH HANDBOOKS IN COMPARATIVE LAW, David Clark, ed., Edward Elgar, 2012; Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1184. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1988908

Elizabeth Ellen Mertz (Contact Author)

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Mark Goodale

George Mason University ( email )

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