Truth, intentionality and evidence: anthropological approaches to crime and tort

Centre Jacques Berque
This workshop aims to discuss the concepts of crime and tort, and how they can be addressed with the theoretical and methodological tools of anthropology and comparative sociology. Communications will deal mainly with the Mediterranean area, but for the sake of comparison, we would like to integrate communications concerning other parts of the world.
We will focus more precisely on the notions of truth, intentionality, and evidence related to the perception and definition of crimes and torts. The presentations will consist of empirical cases that are ethnographically documented. Questions that will be adressed in this workshop include: What facts, elements of a case are (or not) considered to produce truth, intent, or evidence? What kind of roles do they play in the judgment, mediation, arbitration and adjudication of the act ? How do they influence the perception and/ or the definition of an act as a crime or a tort?
  • le jeudi 18 septembre 2014

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