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.
Chapter 1. Setting the Context;
Chapter 2. Early Learnings;
Chapter 3. Many Laws, Many Orders;
Chapter 4. The Legal Landscape;
Chapter 5. Subtly but Surely: Embracing the Values of State Law;
Chapter 6. Concluding Thoughts and Reflections;
The series is intended as a forum for the publication of outstanding scholarly contributions that strive systematically to involve legal practitioners in the research, thinking, and theorizing about the search for justice and the accommodation of diversity in contemporary pluralistic societies. It focuses on applied legal anthropology, giving equal weight both to an anthropologically informed understanding of diversity of normative orders (often existing side-by-side within a single state system) and to the practical, pragmatic experience and concerns of legal practitioners (judges, lawyers, legal services representatives, etc.) who, in their daily practice, confront the phenomenon of ‘internormativity’ – situations where different normative logics come into contact (and often conflict) with one another – and the resulting need for state legal systems to accommodate this diversity.