Arguing with Tradition The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court

ISBN-10: 0226712958

ISBN-13: 9780226712956

Edition: 2008

Authors: Justin B. Richland

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Arguing with Tradition is the first book to explore language and interaction within a contemporary Native American legal system. Grounded in Justin Richland7;s extensive field research on the Hopi Indian Nation of northeastern Arizona-on whose appellate court he now serves as Justice Pro Tempore-this innovative work explains how Hopi notions of tradition and culture shape and are shaped by the processes of Hopi jurisprudence. Like many indigenous legal institutions across North America, the Hopi Tribal Court was created in the image of Anglo-American-style law. But Richland shows that in recent years, Hopi jurists and litigants have called for their courts to develop a jurisprudence that better reflects Hopi culture and traditions. Providing unprecedented insights into the Hopi and English courtroom interactions through which this conflict plays out, Richland argues that tensions between the language of Anglo-style law and Hopi tradition both drive Hopi jurisprudence and make it unique. Ultimately, Richland7;s analyses of the language of Hopi law offer a fresh approach to the cultural politics that influence indigenous legal and governmental practices worldwide.
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Justin B. Richland is associate professor of anthropology and social sciences in the College at the University of Chicago.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Arguing with Tradition in Native America
The Ironies of Indigeneity
Native American Tribal Law and Tradition
"Anglo" Law in Indian Country: Courts of Indian Offenses
Tribal Courts Today: At the Edge of Tribal Sovereignty
The Dearth of Ethnographies of Tribal Courts
The Approach and Aims of This Study
An Outline of This Study
Making a Hopi Nation: "Anglo" Law Comes to Hopi Country
Hopi Tribal Governance
Hopi Village Organization and Governance
Court Comes to Hopi Country
The Hopi Tribal Court Today
Data and Methodologies: Talking Tradition in Hopi Property Disputes
"What are you going to do with the village's knowledge?" Language Ideologies and Legal Power in Hopi Tribal Court
Legal Discourse Analysis and Legal Power
Language Ideologies, Metadiscourse, and Metapragmatics
Talking Tradition, Talking Law in Hopi Courtroom Interactions
The Language Ideologies of Anglo-American Law versus Hopi Traditional Authority
"He could not speak Hopi.... That puzzle- puzzled me": The Pragmatic Paradoxes of Hopi Tradition in Court
Paradox in the Pragmatics of Language and Law
Discourses of Cultural Difference in Hopi Court
Iterations of Indigeneity in a Hopi Court Hearing
Suffering into Truth: Hopi Law as Narrative Interaction
Legal Narrativity in and out of Court
A Model of Hopi Law as Narrative Interaction
The Significance of Settings: Judicial Openings of Hopi Courtroom Narrative
The Contested Narrativity of a Hopi Property Proceeding
Conclusion: Arguments with Tradition
Tradition, Culture, and the Politics of Authenticity
The "Politics" of Multiculturalism and Native Culture
Arguing with Tradition
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