The role of women in disputing among the Ila of Zambia: political adaptation in legal change
Cutshall, Charles S.
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This article examines the role of female litigants within the changing social context of disputing and dispute processing among the Ila of Zambia. While the historical and contemporary case material upon which this article is based ultimately reveals a complexity of substantive and procedural points of law across the spectrum of disputing modes and disputing forums available to aggrieved Ila females, here I am more concerned with the elaboration of social realities in legal process -- the social forces which shape legal expectations. Such elaboration, I argue, requires not only an examination of law and dispute settlement, but also the political context of disputing and dispute processing. This article, therefore, addresses itself to rather skeletal theory generated from research conducted under the broad heading of "the politics of law." [TRUNCATED]
African Studies Center Working Paper No. 46
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