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    Otterbein University
  Dec 17, 2017
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

ANTH 4020 - Culture, Power, and the Law

Hours: 4
This advanced seminar explores law as a cultural system. Both in form and in practice, “the law” emerges from an ongoing social and cultural process of professional discretion and negotiation. People in the legal system enact, enforce, and sometimes contest specific legal frameworks, cultural values and social norms. Drawing on the literature of critical race theory as well as anthropological studies of law, we will discuss how the US legal system produces unequal outcomes for members of differently gendered, classed, and racialized groups and ethnic communities. The class provides credits towards a minor in cultural anthropology, coordinates with the curriculum for a concentration in criminology within the department of sociology, and is affiliated with the Legal Studies minor.
Prerequisites: ANTH 1000 or permission of instructor.