Colonizing Hawai'i : the cultural power of law

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Full title: Colonizing Hawai'i : the cultural power of law / Sally Engle Merry.
Main author: Merry, Sally Engle, 1944-
Format: Book           

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.
Language: English
Published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
Classmark: HTD996.9 /535176
Series: Princeton studies in culture/power/history.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-363) and index.
ISBN: 9780691009322