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Justice and Judgment Among the Tiv

By Paul Bohannan Copyright 1968
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Since publication in 1957 the importance of Bohannan's study of judicial institutions and procedures among the Tiv has been widely recognized. It has contributed widely to the continuing discussion concerning the objectives and methods to be followed in the anthropological study of law and the contribution this makes to comparative jurisprudence. the work describes and defines Tiv ideas of 'law' as expressed in the operations of their courts known as Jir. The analysis is based on and illustrated by numerous cases which the author attended and discussed with leaders in the Jir.

    1. The People and the Problem

    2. The Grade-D Court

    3. A Day in Court

    4. The Structure of the Jir

    5. Tiv Marriage Jir

    6.Debt Jir 

    7. 'Criminal' Jir and the Problem of Self-Help

    8. Market Jir and Age-set Jir

    9. Moots: The Jir at Home


    Paul Bohannan

    '...a sympathetic and perceptive study.... deserves to be read.' African Affairs

    '...an important addition to our knowledge of how order is maintained... and the detailed analyses of cases are particularly valuable.' Journal of African Administration