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Publisher Comments:

"This is an important study which details a crucial (and often ignored) chapter in American legal history. It stands to make an important contribution to the anthropology of law, to the history of colonial legality, and to the methodology of ethnography in the archives."--Annelise Riles, Cornell University

"This is a work of exceptional merit: substantively innovative and valuable, interpretively cogent and insightful, stylistically lucid and engaging. It reads very well as a significant account of the historical Hawaiian situation and as a major contribution to a multidimensional examination of colonial law and, especially, of a crucial and fairly singular American colonial enterprise."--Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz

Synopsis:

"This is an important study which details a crucial (and often ignored) chapter in American legal history. It stands to make an important contribution to the anthropology of law, to the history of colonial legality, and to the methodology of ethnography in the archives."--Annelise Riles, Cornell University

"This is a work of exceptional merit: substantively innovative and valuable, interpretively cogent and insightful, stylistically lucid and engaging. It reads very well as a significant account of the historical Hawaiian situation and as a major contribution to a multidimensional examination of colonial law and, especially, of a crucial and fairly singular American colonial enterprise."--Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz

Synopsis:

How does law transform family, sexuality, and community in the fractured social world characteristic of the colonizing process? The law was a cornerstone of the so-called civilizing process of nineteenth-century colonialism. It was simultaneously a means of transformation and a marker of the seductive idea of civilization. Sally Engle Merry reveals how, in Hawai'i, indigenous Hawaiian law was displaced by a transplanted Anglo-American law as global movements of capitalism, Christianity, and imperialism swept across the islands. The new law brought novel systems of courts, prisons, and conceptions of discipline and dramatically changed the marriage patterns, work lives, and sexual conduct of the indigenous people of Hawai'i.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [349]-363) and index.

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ix

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi

A NOTE ON LANGUAGE AND TERMINOLOGY xiii

ONE Introduction 3

PART ONE: ENCOUNTERS IN A CONTACT ZONE: NEW ENGLAND MISSIONARIES, LAWYERS, AND THE APPROPRIATION OF ANGLO-AMERICAN LAW, 1820-1852

TWO The Process of Legal Transformation 35

THREE The First Transition: Religious Law 63

FOUR The Second Transition: Secular Law 86

PART TWO: LOCAL PRACTICES OF POLICING AND JUDGING IN HILO, HAWAI'I

FIVE The Social History of a Plantation Town 117

Six Judges and Caseloads in Hilo 145

SEVEN Protest and the Law on the Hilo Sugar Plantations 207

EIGHT Sexuality, Marriage, and the Management of the Body 221

NINE Conclusions 258

APPENDIXES

A CASES FROM HILO DISTRICT COURT 269

B ACCOMPANYING TABLES 325

NOTES 331

REFERENCES 349

INDEX 365

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691009322
Author:
Merry, Sally Engle
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Hawaii
Subject:
Australia/Oceania - South Pacific
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Customary law
Subject:
Hawaiians
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Postcolonial Studies
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Hawaiians -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Subject:
Hawaiians -- Government relations.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History Paperback
Series Volume:
98-105
Publication Date:
December 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 halftones 1 map 4 tables
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 23 oz

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Product details 432 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691009322 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "This is an important study which details a crucial (and often ignored) chapter in American legal history. It stands to make an important contribution to the anthropology of law, to the history of colonial legality, and to the methodology of ethnography in the archives."--Annelise Riles, Cornell University

"This is a work of exceptional merit: substantively innovative and valuable, interpretively cogent and insightful, stylistically lucid and engaging. It reads very well as a significant account of the historical Hawaiian situation and as a major contribution to a multidimensional examination of colonial law and, especially, of a crucial and fairly singular American colonial enterprise."--Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Synopsis" by , How does law transform family, sexuality, and community in the fractured social world characteristic of the colonizing process? The law was a cornerstone of the so-called civilizing process of nineteenth-century colonialism. It was simultaneously a means of transformation and a marker of the seductive idea of civilization. Sally Engle Merry reveals how, in Hawai'i, indigenous Hawaiian law was displaced by a transplanted Anglo-American law as global movements of capitalism, Christianity, and imperialism swept across the islands. The new law brought novel systems of courts, prisons, and conceptions of discipline and dramatically changed the marriage patterns, work lives, and sexual conduct of the indigenous people of Hawai'i.
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