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  1. Legitimate acts and illegal encounters : law and society in Antigua and Barbuda

    Lazarus-Black, Mindie
    Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, c1994.

  2. Contested states : law, hegemony, and resistance

    Lazarus-Black, Mindie
    New York ; London : Routledge, 1994.

    This work explores how men and women invoke law in their struggles to resist gender, racial, ethnic, religious and class-based domination. The essays in this collection demonstrate people's capacity to re-work the content, meaning and processes of law. The essays, written by anthropologists and historians, detail the historical and ethnographic contexts of: colonial and post-colonial courts in Kenya, India, Uganda, and the Caribbean; bureaucracies in Tonga and Turkey; and judicial processes in the US. It argues that while states encode and enforce law, a crucial part of the power of law is its very contestability.

  3. Everyday harm : domestic violence, court rites, and cultures of reconciliation

    Lazarus-Black, Mindie
    Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007.

    By investigating the harms routinely experienced by the victims and survivors of domestic violence, both inside and outside of law, "Everyday Harm" studies the limits of what domestic violence law can - and cannot - accomplish. Combining detailed ethnographic research and theoretical analysis, Mindie Lazarus-Black illustrates the ways persistent cultural norms and ingrained bureaucratic procedures work to unravel laws designed to protect the safety of society's most vulnerable people. Lazarus-Black's fieldwork in Trinidad traces a story with global implications about why and when people gain the right to ask the court for protection from violence, and what happens when they pursue those rights in court. Why is it that, in spite of laws designed to empower subordinated people, so little results from that legislation? What happens in and around courts that makes it so difficult for people to obtain their legally available rights and protections? In the case of domestic violence law, what can such legislation mean for women's empowerment, gender equity, and protection? How do cultural norms and practices intercept the law?

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