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Folk Law Synopsis

In every culture there exists unwritten law-obligations and prohibitions that are understood and passed on, and transgressions that are punished. Folk Law, a comprehensive two-volume collection of essays, examines this meeting place of folklore and jurisprudence. The contributors explore the historical significance and implications of folk law, its continuing influence around the globe, and the conflicts that arise when folk law diverges from official law. The collection begins by defining various forms of folk law, drawing on examples from many cultures. The second section provides historical profiles of pioneering figures in the study of folk law. Following sections examine field research techniques used to identify folk laws; aspects of folk law within the realm of rituals, songs, and other forms of expressive culture; instances where folk law comes into conflict with national law, and the role of folk law in the international arena. The volumes also include description and analysis of two approaches to folk law-the rule approach, in which scholars dissect the codes that underlie folk law, and the case approach, in which researchers examine specific cases involving folk law. Valuable for students and scholars of law, folklore, or anthropology, this extensive casebook marks a rare interdisciplinary approach to two important areas of research.

Folk Law Press Reviews

A prodigious effort. The editors, one a specialist in jurisprudence and the other a folklorist, have collected fifty-eight essays previously published in a wide range of places. . . . Their product is must reading for students of law, particularly those interested in comparative politics and law. Choice A prodigious effort. The editors, one a specialist in jurisprudence and the other a folklorist, have collected fifty-eight essays previously published in a wide range of places. . . . Their product is must reading for students of law, particularly those interested in comparative politics and law. Choice A prodigious effort. The editors, one a specialist in jurisprudence and the other a folklorist, have collected fifty-eight essays previously published in a wide range of places. . . . Their product is must reading for students of law, particularly those interested in comparative politics and law. -- Choice

Book Information

ISBN: 9780299143442
Publication date: 30th November 1995
Author: Alison Dundes Renteln
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 1054 pages
Categories: Sociology: customs & traditions, Jurisprudence & philosophy of law, Cultural studies,

About Alison Dundes Renteln

Alison Dundes Renteln is professor of political science at the University of Southern California. She is the author of International Human Rights: Universalism versus Relativism. Alan Dundes is professor of folklore and anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His other casebooks published by the University of Wisconsin Press include Oedipus, The Wisdom of Many, The Cockfight, The Evil Eye, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Blood Libel Legend. He is also the author of Parsing through Customs: Essays by a Freudian Folklorist.

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