Research report 2004 - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Legal processes in new state configurations: incorporating peoples of minority groups in India and China

Pirie, Fernanda

Rechtspluralismus (Prof. Dr. Keebet Benda-Beckmann)
MPI für ethnologische Forschung, Halle/Saale

Nation-states worldwide, both new and old, have to develop systems of law, governance and social control which can incorporate peoples of minority groups. A research project at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology investigates the contrasting ways Tibetan groups have experienced state control in India and China. It concludes that indigenous concepts of order are powerful factors influencing the groups’ reactions and responses to the legal regimes in each state.

For the full text, see the German version.

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