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Lecture 11

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Lecture 11: Global Outlaws  Whether or not you are the citizen of a country or not, you still abide by their laws  Law has a very deep history (it’s based on certain assumptions)  Anthropologists try to study what is legal by also considering what is illegal (those who fall outside the legal boundaries are deviant, immoral people)  Movement of items across boundaries is not something new (it is connected with legal and illegal) “Law” and the State of Nature th  He was born in the 13 century (followed Aristotle)  He said that state of nature is about the community (all human beings are political beings) th  Idea of pure state of nature was also created in 17 century by Thomas Hobbes (by nature we are evil and we will go after our desires----- survival of the fittest) o His idea of nature was different (what is there before the law comes into regulating our activities) o Law is necessary (anthropology as a discipline was also implicated in the question of law) o What allowed people to co-exist when there’s haven’t been any legal system, nation states and the ANSWER WAS KINSHIP!!---Ancestors served the same purpose law serves now a days Either/or  Drawing a line between legal and illegal (acceptable and not acceptable)  World acts according to these believes  Where there isn’t religion, law acts as a final source of authority and exercise a social, regulative, function  EITHER RIGHT OR NOT (certain types of marriages are acceptable while others are not) Both/and  Concept of right and wrong  People can judge Value  Economic and political value  The range of commodities that can be purchased have expanded (sex, votes, you can even pay someone to have your child)  Values=judgements (it’s about how people are making judgements about things that are dependent on other important factors like what is important, what is happiness, it can be based on your religion (law might say you can give up your kidney to someone else while your religion might say if you give up a body part then you can’t go to heaven-----now you are in a complicated position)---  What you s
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