Cornell Law Review Volume 96 Issue 4

Three Approaches to Law and Culture

In her address to the 1993 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, President Annette B. Weiner talked about the “‘takeover’ of the culture concept by other disciplines”:  “‘[C]ulture’ is increasingly a prized intellectual commodity, aggressively appropriated by other disciplines as an organizing principle.”  Indeed, two major developments in the second half of the twentieth century manifest the concept of culture’s appropriation by academic disciplines beyond anthropology, its traditional custodian.  The first development is the rise of the cultural studies movement since the mid-twentieth century.  The second is the “cultural turn,” the process where, in the closing decades of the twentieth century, scholars in the social sciences and the humanities began to employ the concept of culture as an important tool for gaining insights in their research areas.


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