Folk Law Essays in the Theory and Practice of Lex Non Scripta

ISBN-10: 0299143449
ISBN-13: 9780299143442
Authors: Alison Dundes Renteln, Alan Dundes
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In every culture there exists unwritten law—obligations and prohibitions that are understood and passed on, and transgressions that are punished.Folk Law, a comprehensive two-volume collection of essays, examines this meeting place of folklore and jurisprudence. The contributors explore the historical significance and implications of folk law, its continuing influence around the globe, and the conflicts that arise when folk law diverges from official law.    The collection begins by defining various forms of “folk law,” drawing on examples from many cultures. The second section provides historical profiles of pioneering figures in the study of folk law. Following sections examine field…    

Author bio:

Anthropologist and folklorist Alan Dundes was born in 1934 in New York City. He received his BA in English in 1955 and his MAT in English in 1958, both from Yale University. He received his Ph.D in Folklore from Indiana University in 1962 and in 1963 he joined the teaching staff at the University of California, Berkley. He wrote over 250 journal articles and12 books and co-wrote more than 20 other books. In 1993, he became the first American to win the Pitre Prize's Sigillo d'Oro, which is an international life-time achievement award in folklore and ethnography. He died of a heart attack on March 30, 2004 at the age of 70.


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Binding: Hardcover Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press Number of pages: 1054 Dimensions: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 2.00" tall Weight: 3.190 lbs. Language: English