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Arguing with Tradition: The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal by Justin B. Richland

By Justin B. Richland

Arguing with culture is the 1st e-book to discover language and interplay inside of a modern local American felony process. Grounded in Justin Richland’s wide box examine at the Hopi Indian kingdom of northeastern Arizona—on whose appellate court docket he now serves as Justice seasoned Tempore—this cutting edge paintings explains how Hopi notions of culture and tradition form and are formed by means of the strategies of Hopi jurisprudence.

Like many indigenous felony associations throughout North the US, the Hopi Tribal court docket used to be created within the snapshot of Anglo-American-style legislation. yet Richland exhibits that during fresh years, Hopi jurists and litigants have known as for his or her courts to boost a jurisprudence that larger displays Hopi tradition and traditions. offering unparalleled insights into the Hopi and English court interactions during which this clash performs out, Richland argues that tensions among the language of Anglo-style legislation and Hopi culture either force Hopi jurisprudence and make it designated. eventually, Richland’s analyses of the language of Hopi legislations provide a clean method of the cultural politics that impression indigenous felony and governmental practices worldwide.

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