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The Clinic and the Court
Law, Medicine and Anthropology


Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

Tobias Kelly, Ian Harper, Akshay Khanna, Rebecca Marsland, Miriam Ticktin, Lydie Fialová, Estelle d'Halluin, Gethin Rees, João Biehl, Naomi Richards, John Borneman, Henrik Ronsbo
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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107076242

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  • Law and medicine can be caught in a tight embrace. They both play a central role in the politics of harm, making decisions regarding what counts as injury and what might be the most suitable forms of redress or remedy. But where do law and medicine converge and diverge in their responses to and understandings of harm and suffering? Using empirical case studies from Europe, the Americas and Africa, The Clinic and the Court brings together leading medical and legal anthropologists to explore this question.

    • Examination of the relationships between law, medicine and anthropology will appeal to those interested in the qualitative study of interactions between law and medicine
    • Case studies from Europe, the Americas and Africa relate comparative issues to empirical situations
    • Interdisciplinary perspective makes this of interest to socio-legal scholars, anthropologists, sociologists, lawyers and science and society scholars
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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107076242
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Tobias Kelly, Ian Harper and Akshay Khanna
    2. Keeping magical harm invisible: public health, witchcraft and the law in Kyela, Tanzania Rebecca Marsland
    3. Non-human suffering: a humanitarian project Miriam Ticktin
    4. The causes of torture: law, medicine and the assessment of suffering in British asylum claims Tobias Kelly
    5. Trespass, crime, and insanity: the social life of categories Lydie Fialová
    6. Local justice in the allocation of medical certificates during French asylum procedures: from protocols to face-to-face interactions Estelle d'Halluin
    7. Contentious roommates? Spatial constructions of the therapeutic-evidential spectrum in medico-legal work Gethin Rees
    8. The juridical hospital: claiming the right to pharmaceuticals in Brazilian courts João Biehl
    9. Courts and the control of TB: quarantine, travel and the question of adherence Ian Harper
    10. Dying to go to court: demanding a legal remedy to end of life uncertainty Naomi Richards
    11. Rehabilitation of paedophiles at the intersection of law and therapy John Borneman
    12. A republic of remedies: psychosocial interventions in post-conflict Guatemala Henrik Ronsbo.

  • Editors

    Ian Harper, University of Edinburgh
    Ian Harper is a trained medical practitioner and social anthropologist, working at the University of Edinburgh.

    Tobias Kelly, University of Edinburgh
    Tobias Kelly teaches social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, where his research interests include human rights, political and legal anthropology and modern British cultural history.

    Akshay Khanna, University of Sussex
    Akshay Khanna is a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.


    Tobias Kelly, Ian Harper, Akshay Khanna, Rebecca Marsland, Miriam Ticktin, Lydie Fialová, Estelle d'Halluin, Gethin Rees, João Biehl, Naomi Richards, John Borneman, Henrik Ronsbo

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