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Law and Economic Organization

Law and Economic Organization
A Comparative Study of Preindustrial Studies

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  • Date Published: February 1984
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521289665

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  • The question why certain kinds of legal institutions are found in certain kinds of societies has been little explored by anthropologists. In this book Katherine Newman examines a sample of some sixty different preindustrial societies, distributed across the world, in an attempt to explain why their legal systems vary. The key to understanding this variation, Professor Newman argues, is to be found in economic organization. Adopting a Marxian, or materialist, approach, she draws on original ethnographic sources for each culture in order to investigate how legal processes and institutions regulate basic aspects of economic life in societies with differing types of economic organization. She also examines the commonalities of law within various preindustrial 'modes of production' and shows that the patterning of legal institutions arises from underlying tensions in production systems. In offering an explanation of the distribution of legal institutions across preindustrial societies, as well as for the sources of conflict in such societies, the book makes an important contribution to the comparative study of legal systems. It will interest anthropologists and other readers concerned with the operation and development of legal institutions.

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    • Date Published: February 1984
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521289665
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. Theories of legal evolution
    2. A typology of legal institutions
    3. Modes of production and the distribution of legal institutions
    4. Modes of production and the functions of legal institutions
    5. Conclusion: materialism and legal systems
    Appendixes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Katherine S. Newman

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