24. Law

  1. Didier Fassin
  1. Carol J. Greenhouse

Published Online: 22 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch24

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

How to Cite

Greenhouse, C. J. (2012) Law, in A Companion to Moral Anthropology (ed D. Fassin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch24

Editor Information

  1. University of California Press, USA

Author Information

  1. Department Chair, Princeton University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656457

Online ISBN: 9781118290620



  • the morality of anthropology of law, being in question;
  • symbolic order of mechanical solidarity, leader and criminal and embodiment;
  • mechanical and organic solidarity, and Durkheim's formulation of “conscience”;
  • crime and custom reducing Malinowski's concerns, to a social contract;
  • Malinowski, like Durkheim, law in relation to the social through ethnographic practice;
  • anthropological investment in legal institutions, and the moral accountability visible;
  • legal practices, in its capacity of emptying the social off its political implication


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “Pictures of Nothing”

  • Law in/as the Social, I: The Legal as Moral Irony

  • Law in/as the Social, II: Legal Status as Moral Bond

  • Law As Techne

  • Conclusions

  • References