|Title of host publication||The international encyclopedia of anthropology|
|Place of Publication||Hoboken, NJ|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons|
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
We all live with some idea of justice that shapes in profound ways the ways we relate to each other and what we regard as right and wrong. Legal pluralism focuses on the rules governing this and recognizes that, even if such rules are formally instituted, social organization, jobs, projects, nation building, and so on also proceed through effective informal understandings and improvisations. Following a checkered history since the colonial period, the concept of legal pluralism currently makes reference to the whole aggregate of norms of social life and control, using the distinctions people make even as they acknowledge an analytical distinction between the state and nonstate as different sites from which norms and rules emanate. Unlike its past focus on the law, anthropologists working in this field now focus less on special court cases, professional rationalizations, and contested forms of regulation than on everyday understandings.
- Legal pluralism