Communities and Law: Politics and Cultures of Legal Identities - Law, Meaning & Violence (Paperback)Gad Barzilai (author)
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Gad Barzilai addresses such questions as: What is a communal legal culture, and what is its relevance for relations between state and society in the midst of globalization? How do nonliberal communal legal cultures interact with transnational American-led liberalism? Is current liberalism, with its emphasis on individual rights, litigation, and adjudication, sufficient to protect pluralism and multiculturalism? Why should democracies encourage the collective rights of nonruling communities and protect nonliberal communal cultures in principle and in practice? He looks at Arab-Palestinians, feminists, and ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel as examples of the types of communities discussed. Communities and Law contributes to our understanding of the severe tensions between democracies, on the one hand, and the challenge of their minority communities, on the other, and suggests a path toward resolving the resulting critical issues.
Gad Barzilai is Professor of Political Science and Law and Co-Director of the Law, Politics and Society Program, Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 370
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
"Barzilai makes a major contribution to thinking about state-society relations, pointing researchers to the plurality of communities harboring different sorts of legal identities, consciousness, and practices. The mix of state domination through centralized law and the legal cultures of particular communities provides a window into the construction of modern-day society and politics. Necessary reading for those working on comparative politics, law and society, and Israel studies."
--Joel Migdal, University of Washington
"In recent years students of legal consciousness have decoupled law from the state, but in doing so have run the risk of leaving us with an unwieldy and amorphous idea. Barzilai has harnessed their insights and put them to good use illuminating the multifaceted nature of law, legal mobilization, and state-society relationships in a vibrant multicultural society. It is a remarkable achievement."
--Malcolm Feeley, University of California, Berkeley
"A rich, subtle, and wide-ranging analysis of the complex interaction between law and culture in Israeli society. Barzilai focuses on three major components of the Israeli puzzle: Palestinians, women, and ultra-Orthodox Jews and shows how their communities form crucial pillars in the conjunction of law and politics. An impressive work whose theoretical implications go far beyond the study of Israeli society."
--Pnina Lahav, Boston University School of Law