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10 September 2015 - C2 (b) - Books

Of Doubt and Proof : Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment

Book edited by Daniela Berti, Anthony Good and Gilles Tarabout (eds.), published by Routledge, April 2015


Panel coordinated by Anthony Good (University of Edinburgh), Daniela Berti (CNRS/CEH) & Gilles Tarabout (CNRS/LESC)

Place  : Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (Inalco),
65 Rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris
Time  : 9:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Language  : English

Panel description

Topic : Of Doubt and Proof : Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment

Doubt is not the opposite of belief, but depends upon belief and indeed helps to constitute it. All institutions concerned with the process of judging – whether it be deciding between alternative courses of action in everyday life, assigning culpability for an alleged crime, determining a judge’s professional integrity, or ruling on the credibility of an asylum claimant – are necessarily directly concerned with the question of doubt. The novel approach underlying this volume is its focus on doubting as a technical matter, rather than as a presumed internal or affective state. It shows through detailed ethnography how judgments in both rituals and legal proceedings, in order to be accepted as valid and legitimate, must be backed up by an authority that arises partly from the practitioners’ displayed mastery of techniques of doubting, and of dispelling doubt.

By putting ritual and judicial settings into comparative perspective, in contexts as diverse as South Indian temple astrology, Taiwanese horoscopy and divination, and consultations with North Indian mediums, as well as legal processes involving South Asians in France, the UK, and India itself (in addition to legal procedures in Denmark and Ghana, and even the quasi-ritualistic practices of professional sport) this book offers a comprehensive and novel perspective on techniques for casting and dispelling doubt. By broadening theoretical understandings of the social role of doubt, both in social science and in law, the contributors present findings relevant to researchers in the fields of social and legal anthropology, ritual studies, legal sociology, criminology, and socio-legal studies, as well as regional specialists on South and East Asia.

- Daniela Berti (CNRS/CEH)
- Anthony Good (University of Edinburgh)
- Gilles Tarabout (CNRS/LESC)
- Véronique Bouillier (CEIAS)
- Stéphanie Homola (CECMC-CCJ)
- Julien Bonhomme (LAS)
- Nicolas Sihlé (CNRS/CEH)

Discussants : Baudouin Dupret (CEMS/EHESS), Julien Bonhomme

For the panel description, click on the pdf below.

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