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Mapping Marriage Law in Spanish Gitano Communities

Susan Drummond investigates what happens when the voices of comparative law and legal anthropology are invited to speak to each other. She forges this hybrid form of comparative work through small- and large-scale studies of Gitano marriage law as it emerges in a Western European state, in a modern urban centre, and in particular communities and families. Ultimately, she brings the international, national, and cultural dimensions of law into play with one another and contemplates how all of these influences bear on the spirit of Andalusian Gitano marriage law. The result is an ethos of marriage law in a thoroughly mixed legal jurisdiction.

288 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents


Introduction: Le Guide du Routard

Synoptic Overview





Chapter 1 State: Intersections in Spanish Family Law

The Persistence of "Otherness"

Religion’s Domain

Shifting Contexts for Legal Reform

Shifting Esprit des Lois

Women and the Spirit of Family Law

Weak and Deep Pluralism of the Official Family New Forms of Spanish Pluralism

The Contemporary Jurisdiction of Religion in the Official Family

Conflicting Dominions in Family Law

The Mystification of Reform through Law

Liminal Tones, Characters, and Moods

Chapter 2 Culture: Wanderings and Dwellings

Deep Pluralism and the Gypsies

A Jurisdictional Model of the Gypsies for a Jurisdictional Model of Gypsy Law

Matter out of Place

Reconceptualizing Gypsyhood

The Great Gitano Roundup: Rounding Off the State through Law

The Production of Gitanitude

Flamenco Puro and Pure Gitanitude

Chapter 3 Marriage: Hidden and Enacted Ius Commune

Hidden Constitutions

Multi-Sited Comparative Law

The Plurality of Ius Commune

Hidden Marriages

Hidden Marriages within Hidden Marriages

The Place of Gitano Family Law in Andalucia, Spain, and Europe

Conclusion: Voyage Through a Strange City

The Place of Jerez de la Frontera

A Wandering and a Dwelling Law


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