Gad Barzilai, Communities and Law: Politics and Cultures of Legal Identities (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003). [second print, March 2005] [370 pp.]

Communities and Law: Politics and Cultures of Legal Identities



How do minorities, defined as non-ruling communities, use as well as evade using state law, legal ideology and communal law for achievement of their political aims in democracies? What relations hold between violent, and non-violent means as hermeneutics, litigation, and legal mobilization? What is a communal legal culture, and what is its relevance for relations between state and society in the midst of globalization? How do non-liberal communal legal cultures interact with transnational American-led liberalism, and what are the ramifications of such interactions on relations between individuals, communities and states? Is current liberalism, with its emphasis on individual rights, litigation and adjudication sufficient to protect pluralism and multiculturalism? What is the communal meaning of violence in the context of communal legal cultures and state-society relations? Why should democracies encourage the collective rights of non-ruling communities and protect non-liberal communal cultures in principle and in practice?

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