Regimes of Legalities: Ethnography of Criminal Cases in South Asia

Hardcover | August 13, 2015

EditorDevika Bordia, Daniela Berti

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An anthropological study on judicial practices in South Asia, this volume takes criminal cases as frameworks to examine power dynamics within a legal setting. Case studies in this book analyse a set of state and non-state institutions and the practices of people associated with them. Theessays delve into the underlying tension in institutional contexts between legal practitioners such as police officers, lawyers, and judges who orient their claims towards neutralism, objectivity, and equality and a set of everyday interactions and decisions where cultural, social, and politicalfactors play a major role.This volume is based on the premise that the study of judiciary cases, in all their multifaceted complexity, provides a pertinent and original angle from which to access some issues of South Asia. The contributors examine the discourses and relationships around criminal cases that shape how ideascirculate in the public sphere and how mediation and negotiation between different actors characterize police and court practices.

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An anthropological study on judicial practices in South Asia, this volume takes criminal cases as frameworks to examine power dynamics within a legal setting. Case studies in this book analyse a set of state and non-state institutions and the practices of people associated with them. Theessays delve into the underlying tension in insti...

Daniela Berti is Chargee de Recherche research fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research, Paris; Centre for Himalayan Studies, Villejuif.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:August 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199456741

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AcknowledgementsAnthony Good: ForewordDaniela Berti and Devika Bordia: Introduction1. Srimati Basu: "3 Punishments for 3 Mistakes": Negotiating between Courts, Police and Mediation in Family Law and Family Violence2. Pratiksha Baxi: 'Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya': On Criminalizing Love3. Daniela Berti: Binding Fictions. Contradicting Facts and Judicial Constraints in a Narcotic Case in Himachal Pradesh4. Chiara Letizia: The 'Secularism Case': Prosecution of a Hindu Activist before a Quasi-Judicial Authority in the Nepal Tarai5. Nicolas Jaoul: Enforcing the Law in a Hostile Context. Dalit Access to Justice and its Mediations in Uttar Pradesh6. Devika Bordia: Cultures of Policing: Panchayat-Police Practices and the Making of a Criminal Case in Western India7. Zoe E. Headley: "The Devil's Court!" The Trial of Katta Panchayats (Tamil Nadu)8. Jeffrey A. Redding: From 'She-males' to 'Unix': Transgender Rights and the Productive Paradoxes of Pakistani Policing9. Veronique Bouillier: A Comparative Perspective: Criminal Cases Involving South Asian People in French Assize CourtsIndexNotes on Editors and Contributors