Surveying Key Aspects of Sociolegal Scholarship on India: An Overview

Annual Review of Law and Social Science (2015, Forthcoming)

Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 322

27 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2015 Last revised: 21 Aug 2015

See all articles by Jayanth K. Krishnan

Jayanth K. Krishnan

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Patrick Thomas

Center on the Global Legal Profession, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

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Date Written: August 3, 2015

Abstract

This article surveys key aspects of sociolegal scholarship on India. The literature has tended to emphasize certain areas, such as rights-based social movements, courts (both formal and informal), and the legal profession. Additionally, various authors over the years have examined gender, religion, and caste — each on its own — but also how each can intersect with one another and with the other above-mentioned topics. And more recently, there has been a burgeoning sociolegal literature on the role globalization plays in India. Scholars who have written on these issues approach their work from a range of methodological perspectives, but regardless, as we argue here, much of this literature has served as a vehicle to champion the rights of the needy. Gaps, of course, still are present, which we discuss. We conclude by highlighting a few areas upon which scholars may wish to build in the future.

Keywords: India, globalization, law, access to justice, dispute resolution, ADR, lawyers

Suggested Citation

Krishnan, Jayanth K. and Thomas, Patrick, Surveying Key Aspects of Sociolegal Scholarship on India: An Overview (August 3, 2015). Annual Review of Law and Social Science (2015, Forthcoming); Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 322. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2639238

Jayanth K. Krishnan (Contact Author)

Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )

211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Patrick Thomas

Center on the Global Legal Profession, Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )

100 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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