Anthropology | LAW AND CULTURE
E675 | 0437 | Stoeltje

Above section at least Senior Standing
Societies, small and large, develop the means for maintaining continuity
over time and for resolving conflicts consistent with the values of the
society.  This course will focus on these issues as the relationship
between law and society cross-culturally.  As much of the literature
concerning legal anthropology developed in the study of African societies,
we will read some early anthropology studies focusing on law and custom,
some studies that concern the relationship between law and colonialism,
and some more recent ones that address the complexities of contemporary
law in Africa today, including concerns of human rights and women's
rights.  We will also address issues current in the U.S., including the
relationship between law and popular culture, law and race, and matters of
intellectual property.  The role of narrative in the performance of law
will also be considered.

Students will write several short reviews of specific readings and
present them in class, and will write two papers - one short paper at
mid-point through the semester and one long paper at the end of the

Readings will include a Reader and Culture and Rights as well as others.