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Litigation across Space and Time: Courts, Conflict, and Social Change

David M. Engel
Law & Society Review
Vol. 24, No. 2, Longitudinal Studies of Trial Courts (1990), pp. 333-344
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Law and Society Association
DOI: 10.2307/3053682
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053682
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

One of the problems facing researchers who have studied courts across time and space has been the cultural variability of seemingly uniform analytic categories, including conceptions of time and space themselves. This article proposes that we take such variations in meaning as a starting point for comparative studies of courts and social change rather than viewing them as were "noise" in the system. Litigation in Chiangmai, Thailand, is presented as an example. Changing conceptions of "space" in Thailand from the nineteenth century to the present illustrate the transformation of legal and political authority as well as the proliferation of normative systems and dispute processing fora. By focusing analysis on variations in the meaning of a concept such as "space," it is possible to discern the significance of litigation in relation to unofficial systems of normative ordering and to gain insight into changing relationships among individuals, local communities, patron-client hierarchies, and the state.

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