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Colonizing Hawai'i, the cultural power of law, Sally Engle Merry

Summary
How does law transform family, sexuality, and community in the fractured social world characteristic of the colonizing process? The law was a cornerstone of the so-called civilizing process of nineteenth-century colonialism. It was simultaneously a means of transformation and a marker of the seductive idea of civilization. Sally Engle Merry reveals how, in Hawai'i, indigenous Hawaiian law was displaced by a transplanted Anglo-American law as global movements of capitalism, Christianity, and imperialism swept across the islands. The new law brought novel systems of courts, prisons, and conceptions of discipline and dramatically changed the marriage patterns, work lives, and sexual conduct of the indigenous people of Hawai'i. --, Provided by publisher
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
xii, 371 pages, illustrations, 1 map, 25 cm.
Isbn
9780691009322

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