Surveying Key Aspects of Sociolegal Scholarship on India: An Overview
Annual Review of Law and Social Science (2015, Forthcoming)
27 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2015 Last revised: 21 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 3, 2015
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
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