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Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social


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Notes on contributors; 1. Introduction: the fabrication of persons and things Alain Pottage; 2. Res Religiosae: on the categories of religion and commerce in Roman law Yan Thomas; 3. Scientific objects and legal objectivity Bruno Latour; 4. Legal fabrications and the case of 'cultural property' Tim Murphy; 5. Ownership or office? A debate in Islamic Hanafite jurisprudence over the nature of the military 'fief', from the Mamluks to the Ottomans Martha Mundy; 6. Gedik: a bundle of rights and obligations for Istanbul artisans and traders, 1750-1840 Engin Deniz Akarli; 7. Losing (out on) intellectual resources Marilyn Strathern; 8. Re-visualising attachment: an anthropological perspective on persons and property forms Susanne Kuchler; 9. Our original inheritance Alain Pottage; Bibliography; Index.

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Focuses on how law produces persons and things, and develops new approaches to the question of ownership.

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Alain Pottage is reader in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Martha Mundy is reader in Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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