The Future of Law in a Multicultural World

The Future of Law in a Multicultural World

Adda B. Bozeman
Copyright Date: 1971
Pages: 248
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    The Future of Law in a Multicultural World
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    Examining the unique cultures of the Islamic Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Indianized Asia, and China, Adda Bozeman attacks the supposition that world unity can be achieved through the application of Western ideals of international law and organization.

    Originally published in 1971.

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Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. ix-2)

    THIS book attempts to clarify the meanings carried by references to law in the political systems of certain selected culture zones; to estimate the durability of these meanings in times to come; to compare the locally and regionally valid references, and to see them in the global context of culture-transcendent schemes of law and organization.

    The thought directing this endeavor originates in Occidental approaches to knowledge. Furthermore, it is biassed in favor of the assumption that differences between cultures and political systems are functions primarily of different modes of perceiving and evaluat ing reality. This means for purposes of the...

    (pp. 3-33)

    WORDS often assume an existence of their own, separate from the ideas in conjunction with which they first appeared. One particular term may come to stand for a variety of concepts, sometimes only loosely related to each other; it may shed a meaning with which it has long been closely associated; it may attract an idea formerly carried by a different term; or it may come to convey an entirely new intellectual construction. Some of these metamorphoses are barely perceptible while occurring; others by contrast are willful manipulations. For, whereas the development of the relation between thought and its expression...

    (pp. 34-160)

    THE following discussion, while informed by the general thoughts and assumptions set out in the preceding pages,¹ has two limited purposes: to consider the various meanings carried by law in the actual and normative political systems of the West, the Islamic Middle East, Africa south of Sahara, Indianized Asia, and China; and to compare these findings with a view to determining whether there are actually any significant points of accord that might justify undifferentiated cross-cultural references to “law” and so be fit to provide a secure foundation for the organization of relations between these realms.² Since the applicability or efficacy...

    (pp. 161-186)

    EACH of the separate sections in the foregoing discussion of several and diverse systems of law and organization contains a summary of locally and regionally prevalent theories that are likely to remain dominant in the future. These findings suggest that the world will continue to be multicultural under the surface of unifying technological and rhetorical arrangements.¹ Indeed existing patterns of thought and modes of relating to the needs of the present and the compelling impact of the past are so infinitely various that no one vision of “the future”—especially not one issuing from the time perspective of the West...

  8. APPENDIX: Text of Pravda Article Justifying the Invasion of Czechoslovakia, September 25, 1968.
    (pp. 187-194)
    (pp. 195-218)
  10. INDEX
    (pp. 219-229)