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Title Regimes of legality : ethnography of criminal cases in South Asia / edited by Daniela Berti and Devika Bordia.
Imprint New Delhi, India : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition First edition.

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Subject Criminal justice, Administration of -- South Asia.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- South Asia -- Case studies.
Ethnological jurisprudence -- South Asia.
Ethnological jurisprudence -- South Asia -- Case studies.
Alt Name Berti, Daniela,
Bordia, Devika,
Add Title Ethnography of criminal cases in South Asia
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 333 pages)
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary An anthropological study on judicial practices in South Asia, this volume takes criminal cases as frameworks to examine power dynamics within a legal setting. Case studies in this book analyse a set of state and non-state institutions and the practices of people associated with them. The essays delve into the underlying tension in institutional contexts between legal practitioners such as police officers, lawyers, and judges who orient their claims towards neutralism, objectivity, and equality and a set of everyday interactions and decisions where cultural, social, and political factors play a major role.
Contents Introduction / Daniela Berti and Devika Bordia -- '3 punishments for 3 mistakes' : negotiating between courts, police, and mediation in family law and family violence / Srimati Basu -- 'Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya' : on criminalizing love / Pratiksha Baxi -- Binding fictions : contradicting facts and judicial constraints in a narcotics case in Himachal Pradesh / Daniela Berti -- The 'secularism case' : prosecution of a Hindu activist before a quasi-judicial authority in the Nepal Tarai / Chiara Letizia -- A strong law for the weak : Dalit activism in a district court of Uttar Pradesh / Nicolas Jaoul -- Cultures of policing : Panchayat-police practices and the making of a criminal case / Devika Bordia -- 'The Devil's court!' The trial of 'Katta Panchayat' in Tamil Nadu / Zoe E. Headley -- From 'she-males' to 'unix' : transgender rights and the productive paradoxes of Pakistani policing / Jeffrey A. Redding -- From a comparative perspective : criminal cases involving South Asian people at French Assize courts / Veronique Bouillier.
ISBN 9780199085477 (electronic bk.)
0199085471 (electronic bk.)
9780199456741 (hardback)
OCLC # 919009591
Additional Format Print version: Regimes of legality. First edition. New Delhi, India : Oxford University Press, 2015 9780199456741 (DLC) 2015361697 (OCoLC)915128166.


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