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February 5 - February 5, 2008 Lesson 3 Communal Justice...

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February 5, 2008 Lesson 3 Communal Justice Justice: preserve of formal law and courts? Layers of justice: formal and informal; legal and extra-legal Social groups: will form own rules? Communal justice: important theme in this course: charivari whitecapping miner’s meetings in Yukon Charivari Ritual punishment to shame transgressors Atlantic world Palmer: “one of the most persistent cultural forms known to scholars of popular customs and traditions”. Censured acts most often deemed inappropriate adult relationships Adulterous relationships Unwed mothers Cuckolded husbands “Unnatural partners” Yankee Bill (from text) – lumber camp General Format *Ritual* - repeatable pattern of behavior that carries a complex meaning Performed at night Riding Skimmington (backwards on donkey) Riding the Stang (carried on a pole) Rough music Public humiliation: the goal Regional Variations England: emphasis on wife beaters predominate form in Canada Elements of charivari
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