Legal Pluralism in Conflict offers a new theoretical perspective
for conceptualising and analysing the relationship between ethnic
minority laws and the official legal order.
Examining the limits of liberal legal thought in light of a
contemporary plurality of ethnic identifications and religious
beliefs, Prakash Shah takes up the case for a 'legal pluralism'
that views ethnic minority laws in interaction with the official
British legal order. This form of legal pluralism is not, however,
without conflict. This book pursues a series of case studies that
critically consider why and how state laws marginalise ethnic
minority legal orders. Legal Pluralism in Conflict contains
discussions of the recognition of polygamous marriages, homicide,
the expertise provided in immigration cases and the legal discourse
of nationality. It is in this engagement with some of the most
challenging issues posed by the diverse character of modern society
that its author sets out an alternative course for ethnic minority
Legal Pluralism in Conflict will be invaluable to students and
researchers concerned with law's relationship to and treatment of
ethnic and religious diversity, as well as to those with wider
interests in the limits and possibilities of political
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