Originally published in 1994, Folk Law, a comprehensive two-volme collection of essays, examines the meeting place of folklore - the unwritten law of obligations and prohibitions that are understood and passed on - 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.
Valuable for students and scholars of law, folklore, or anthropology, Renteln and Dundes's extensive casebook marks a rare interdisciplinary approach to two important areas of research.
Table of Contents
Volume II. Part 1: Cases of Folk Law. 1. Trouble-Cases and Trouble-less Cases in the Study of Customary Law and Legal Reform. 2. Injury and Liability in African Customary Law in Zambia, A. L. Epstein. 3. Witchcraft and the Law, Roger Howman. 4. White Man's Law Among Filipino Tribesmen, R. F. Barton. 5. The Legal Process in a Village in North India: The Case of Maya, R. S. Freed. 6. The Litigious Daughter-in-Law: Family Relations in Rural Russia in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century, Beatrice Farnsworth. 7. Pigs and Positivism, Hendrik Hartog. Part II: Folk Law in Conflict. 8. 'Civilized' Law and 'Primitive' Peoples, L. C. Green. 9. Conflicts of Western and Non-Western Law, R. D. Kollewijn. 10. The Conflict of Laws in Africa, E. G. Unsworth. 11. The Inarticulate Premise, Robert B. Seidman. 12. The Otieno Case: African Customary Law Versus Western Jurisprudence, Roy Carleton Howell. 13. Legal Recognition and Protection of Minority Customs in a Plural Society in England, Alec Samuels. 14. Culture and Culpability: A Study of Contrasts, Alison Dundes Renteln. Part III: International Folk Law. 15. Francois Geny's Doctrine of Customary Law, Peter E. Benson. 16. What Constitutes Custom in International Law?, Nirmala Naganathan. 17. Unwritten International Law, Rudolf Bernhardt. 18. Soviet Theory of the Legal Nature of Customary International Law, Richard J. Erickson. 19. The Myth of Customary International Law, N. C. H. Dunbar. 20. The Enforceability of Customary Norms of Public International Law, Steven M. Schneebaum. 21. Custom as a Source of International Law of Outer Space, Vladlen S. Vereshchetin and Gennady M. Danilenko, 22. Customary Law: From 'Universal' in a European System to 'Regional' in a World System, Allan Rosas.