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Bronislaw Malinowski's Concept of Law

Editors: Stępień, Mateusz (Ed.)

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  • First book on Malinowski’s legal thoughts
  • Comprehensive reading of Malinowski’s understanding of law
  • Sheds new light on the intellectual background of Malinowski’s thoughts
  • Offers new “data” for scholars and students interested in the anthropology of law, sociology of law and history of social and legal theory
  • Provides completely new readings of Malinowski’s legal thought
  • Establishs a bridge between Malinowski’s conceptions and new trends in social sciences, especially the concept of reciprocity
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About this book

This book discusses the legal thought of Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942), undoubtedly one of the titans of social sciences who greatly influenced not only the shape of modern cultural anthropology but also the social sciences as a whole. This is the first comprehensive work to focus on his legal conceptions: while much has been written about his views on language, magic, religion, and culture, his views on law have not been fairly reconstructed or recapitulated. A glance at the existing literature illustrates how little has been written about Malinowski’s understanding of law, especially in the legal sciences. This becomes even more evident given the fact that Malinowski devoted much of his scholarly work to studying law, especially in the last period of his life, during which he conducted broad research on law and “primitive jurisprudence”. The main aim of this book is to address this gap and to present in detail Malinowski’s thoughts on law.

The book is divided into two parts. Part I focuses largely on the impact that works of two distinguished professors from his alma mater (L. Dargun and S. Estreicher) had on Malinowski’s legal thoughts, while Part II reconstructs Malinowski’s inclusive, broad and multidimensional understanding of law and provides new readings of his legal conceptions mainly from the perspective of reciprocity. The book offers a fresh look at his views on law, paving the way for further studies on legal issues inspired by his methodological and theoretical achievements. Malinowski’s understanding of law provides a wealth of fodder from which to formulate interesting research questions and a solid foundation for developing theories that more accurately describe and explain how law functions, based on new findings in the social and natural sciences.

About the authors

Dr. hab Mateusz Stępień, Jagiellonian University, Department of Sociology of Law, Krakow, Poland

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Not So Long Time Ago Before Malinowski: The Puzzle of Lotar Dargun’s Influence on Bronislaw Malinowski

    Pages 3-20

    Dudek, Michał

  • Stanisław Estreicher: The Forgotten Master of Bronislaw Malinowski

    Pages 21-36

    Pałecki, Krzysztof

  • Malinowski’s Multidimensional Conception of Law: Beyond Common Misunderstandings

    Pages 39-54

    Stępień, Mateusz

  • Bronislaw Malinowski and the Anthropology of Law

    Pages 55-81

    Ledvinka, Tomáš

  • Reciprocity as a Species of Fairness: Completing Malinowski’s Theory of Law

    Pages 83-106

    Donovan, James M.

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-42025-7
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-42024-0
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-82481-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bronislaw Malinowski's Concept of Law
Editors
  • Mateusz Stępień
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42025-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42025-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-42024-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82481-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 106
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