everyday understandings of the law in working‐class America

  title={everyday understandings of the law in working‐class America},
  author={Sally Engle Merry},
An ethnographic examination of the way working-class Americans who use courts to manage their family and neighborhood disputes think about and use the law suggests that they share beliefs in legal rights and the legal ordering of society characteristic of American society in general. However, when they encounter the courts they develop a more complex understanding that incorporates the plural legal ideologies found within the courthouse. The process of constructing local as well as dominant… CONTINUE READING