What is Law? Why do we have it? How can we study it? While the concept of law exists across societies, its form and meaning change “ law can be found in courtrooms, classrooms, border crossings, or the magical spells cast by witch doctors. This course looks at law from an anthropological perspective, investigating: (1) what is law in different cultures? (2) to what extent is 21st century law a culture in itself? Students will be exposed to a wide range of sociolegal scholarship with a specific focus on themes of law, social regulation, politics, and bureaucracy. By the end of the class, students will conduct and share research on a legal culture of their choosing.

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Spring 23


Social Studies


Ian Kalman


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