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Power, Politics, and Authority hegemony, law, neoliberalism
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quotation “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” Anatole France, 1844-1924
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Limits of equality under the law In the context of great economic and political inequality Contradiction between ideals of equality as represented by law And the great concentration of wealth and power under capitalism
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What appears neutral may have very different consequences for different social groups The law referred to by Anatole France really is a law designed [by the wealthy and powerful] to regulate the poor
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Clemmer on U.S. law and Western Shoshone Shows how Ideals of the Rule of law and equality under the law Mask the question of – ‘who makes the laws?’ Native Americans remain subject to laws that do not reflect their interests or values
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Law and governing are cultural– include values, assumptions, ideologies… P. 219 as Clemmer says: “even the seemingly routine ‘application’ of rules to the facts [is] a creative moment.”
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Parallel with Kipnis Audit essay Both anthropologists reveal the power hidden in what purport to be objective and
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2010 for the course ANTHRO Anthro 2A taught by Professor Victoriabernal during the Fall '10 term at UC Irvine.

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