Between Law and Custom 'High' and 'Low' Legal Cultures in the Lands of the British Diaspora - The United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, 1600-1900

ISBN-10: 0521792835
ISBN-13: 9780521792837
Authors: Peter Karsten
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When British authorities established colonies in North America and the antipodes (New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Fiji) from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries, they introduced law through Parliamentary statutes and colonial office oversight. Jurists set aside some aspects of English Common Law to meet the special conditions of the settler societies, but both the 'responsible governments' that were eventually created in the colonies and the British immigrants themselves set aside even more of the English law, exercising 'informal law' - popular norms - in its place. Law and popular norms clashed over a range of issues, including ready access to land, the property…    

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Binding: Hardcover Publisher: Cambridge University Press Number of pages: 578 Dimensions: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall Weight: 2.046 lbs. Language: English