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x, 419 p. ; 25 cm.
More than half a century after the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" defined what a human being is and is entitled to, Catharine MacKinnon asks: are women human yet? If women were regarded as human, would they be sold into sexual slavery worldwide; veiled, silenced and imprisoned in homes; bred, and worked as menials for little or no pay; stoned for sex outside marriage or burned within it; mutilated genitally, impoverished economically, and mired in illiteracy - all as a matter of course and without effective recourse? The cutting edge is where law and culture hurts, which is where MacKinnon operates in these essays on the trans-national status and treatment of women. Taking her gendered critique of the state to the international plane, ranging widely intellectually and concretely, she exposes the consequences and significance of the systematic maltreatment of women and its systemic condonation. And she points toward fresh ways - social, legal and political - of targeting its toxic orthodoxies. MacKinnon takes us inside the workings of nation-states, where the oppression of women defines community life and distributes power in society and government. She takes us to Bosnia-Herzogovina for a harrowing look at how the wholesale rape and murder of women and girls there was an act of genocide, not a side effect of war. She takes us into the heart of the international law of conflict to ask - and reveal - why the international community can rally against terrorists' violence, but not against violence against women. A critique of the trans-national status quo that also envisions the transforming possibilities of human rights, this bracing book makes us look as never before at an ongoing war too long undeclared.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674021877 20160527
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-7823-01
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c, 329 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Introduction-- Uses of law in Indian studies: The uses of law in Indian studies-- The emergence of the modern legal system: The displacement of traditional law in modern India-- The aborted restoration of indigenous law in India-- Panchayat justice: An Indian experiment in legal access - with Upendra Baxi-- Indian law as an indigenous conceptual system-- Legal conceptions of the social structure: Group membership and group preferences in India-- Changing legal conceptions of caste-- Pursuing equality in the land of hierarchy: Pursuing equality in the land of hierarchy: Assessment of India's policies of compensatory discrimination for historically disadvantaged groups-- Missed opportunitites: The use and non-use of law favourable to untouchables and other specially vulnerable groups-- Judges, Lawyers and social reform: Hinduism, secularism and the Indian judiciary-- Symbolic activism: Judicial encounter with the contours of India's compensatory discrimination policy-- New patterns of legal services in India.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195622942 20160527
Modern Indian Law is foreign to India. However, far from trying to dislodge it, independent India has, according to Galanter, accepted this mid twentieth century legal system intellectually and institutionally. Professional lawyers, the urban elite, and rural India alike genuinely feel that this is their system. Since a large body of modern Indian law is Western, it will not, according to some, further one's understanding of India. Galanter goes on to qualify this statement by arguing that this very fact lends to "Indian law a unique and compelling interest for students of India and of comparative law". The thirteen articles which make up this book explore the way in which modern Indian law operates. Galanter tries to show the various ways in which a complex body of formal law accommodates and adjusts itself to local conditions to which it is alien. These essays range over a wide span of normative and structural issues of Indian society: equality, hierarchy, secularism, justice and conceptual problems; group membership, panchayat justice, caste and policies of positive discrimination.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195622942 20160527
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-7823-01