The Oxford Handbook of Law and Anthropology is a groundbreaking collection of essays that provides an original and internationally framed conception of the field. The volume brings together a diverse spectrum of contributors, each of whom is a recognized expert in the topic under consideration. The Oxford Handbook of Law and Anthropology establishes a scholarly benchmark at a moment in which interest in legal anthropological research is both growing and become more diffuse. The Handbook organizes these expansive research interests within a coherent collective narrative about how law and anthropology have and should relate to each other as intersecting domains of inquiry that concern fundamental questions of dispute resolution, normative ordering, social organization, and legal, political, and social identity.

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The Handbook takes critical stock of these various points of intersection in order to both document the wide range of collaborative work that is currently being done in the field and, as important, to reveal new avenues for future legal anthropological research and practice. At the same time, the Handbook examines the ways in which theoretical and disciplinary conventions within law and anthropology can lead to different forms of engagement with sociolegal processes. The Handbook establishes a new framework for the field of law and anthropology that both identifies and conceptualizes its most promising areas of innovation and sociolegal relevance while also acknowledging its points of tension, its open questions, and its areas for future development.