Of Doubt and Proof: Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment

Daniela Berti (Editor), Anthony Good (Editor), Gilles Tarabout (Editor)

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Abstract / Description of output

All institutions concerned with the process of judging - whether it be deciding between alternative courses of action, determining a judge’s professional integrity, assigning culpability for an alleged crime, or ruling on the credibility of an asylum claimant - are necessarily directly concerned with the question of doubt. By putting ritual and judicial settings into comparative perspective, in contexts as diverse as Indian and Taiwanese divination and international cricket, as well as legal processes in France, the UK, India, Denmark and Ghana, this book offers a comprehensive and novel perspective on techniques for casting and dispelling doubt, and the roles they play in achieving verdicts or decisions that appear both valid and just.
Broadening the theoretical understandings of the social role of doubt, both in social science and in law, the authors present these understandings in ways that not only contribute to academic knowledge but are also useful to professionals and other participants engaged in the process of judging. This collection will consequently be of great interest to academics researching in the fields of legal anthropology, ritual studies, legal sociology, criminology, and socio-legal studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFarnham
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9781472434531, 9781315598727
ISBN (Print)9781472434517
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2015

Publication series

NameJuris Diversitas


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