State Law, Dispute Processing And Legal Pluralism: Unspoken Dialogues From Rural India, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

State Law, Dispute Processing And Legal Pluralism

Unspoken Dialogues From Rural India, 1st Edition

By Kalindi Kokal


264 pages

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Hardback: 9781138625211
pub: 2019-08-29
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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.

Table of Contents

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;

About the Author

Dr Kalindi Kokal is a post-doctoral fellow in the Centre for Policy Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai, India. She completed her doctorate in law from the Martin Luther Universität in Halle, Germany with a fellowship from the Department of Law and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany. Kokal has previously practiced at a lawyer in the Bombay High Court and her research interests to explore laws as a social processes stem from this experience. Her work broadly focuses on themes within law and society in South Asia and specifically in India.

About the Series

Law and Anthropology

Law and Anthropology

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAW / Arbitration, Negotiation, Mediation
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Customary
LAW / Jurisprudence
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies