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Tort, Custom, and Karma: Globalization and Legal Consciousness in Thailand (10 Edition)by David M. Engel
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Diverse societies are now connected by globalization, but how do ordinary people feel about law as they cope day-to-day with a transformed world? Tort, Custom, and Karma examines how rapid societal changes, economic development, and integration into global markets have affected ordinary people's perceptions of law, with a special focus on the narratives of men and women who have suffered serious injuries in the province of Chiangmai, Thailand.
This work embraces neither the conventional view that increasing global connections spread the spirit of liberal legalism, nor its antithesis that backlash to interconnection leads to ideologies such as religious fundamentalism. Instead, it looks specifically at how a person's changing ideas of community, legal justice, and religious belief in turn transform the role of law particularly as a viable form of redress for injury. This revealing look at fundamental shifts in the interconnections between globalization, state law, and customary practices uncovers a pattern of increasing remoteness from law that deserves immediate attention.
Book News Annotation:
David (law) and Jaruwan (Thai language, both State U. of New York-Buffalo) first conducted research in the Chiangmai region beginning in 1975 that yielded a 1978 book on law and society in Thailand. They returned in 1990, and much of this present work is concerned with how the role of law to injury cases had declined during the 15 year interval. They discuss Buajan's injury narrative, a history of globalizations in Chaingmai, state law and the law of sacred centers, injury practices in a transformed society, litigation, justice, and Ming's injury narrative. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This colorful portrait of law and society during a period of rapid social change reaches a counter-intuitive conclusion about the role of law in injury cases: globalization has led ordinary Thai people to turn away from courts and lawyers and to embrace a form of religious practice that leaves them without any remedy for harms they have suffered.
About the Author
David M. Engel is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor at the Law School of the University at Buffalo. His most recent book is Fault Lines: Tort Law and Cultural Practice (Stanford, 2009). Jaruwan S. Engel is an author, Thai language instructor, and translator, and was formerly Lecturer and Coordinator of the Thai Language Program at the University at Buffalo.
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