State Law, Dispute Processing And Legal Pluralism: Unspoken Dialogues From Rural India

1st Edition

Kalindi Kokal

August 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9781138625211 - CAT# K389461
Series: Law and Anthropology


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This book presents an ethnography of dispute processing by non-state forums and actors in rural India. As such it sheds light on a much neglected and contested topic. Arising in the context of recent legal and political debates that question the legitimacy of non-state actors engaged in dispute processing, the book explores the nature, form and functioning of non-state forums and actors in two locations in rural India. Focusing on a fishermen’s community belonging to the Hindu Machimār Koḷī caste in coastal Maharashtra and an agrarian community in Uttarakhand with members from the Pandit, Thakur, Bhotiā and Harijan caste groups, this study shows the manner in which non-state forums and actors engage with state law and its regulatory systems.

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