Dou Donggo Justice: Conflict and Morality in an Indonesian Society

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This study of justice and morality among the Dou Donggo, a highland people in Indonesia, offers an innovative approach to understanding the workings of law and dispute settlement in small communities. Peter Just argues that the operation of any legal system is best understood in the context of its moral ontology: the fundamental culture assumptions that the people have about the nature of the world, the beings that inhabit it, and their relationships to one another, as well as ideas about causation, liability, etc. The author takes Dou Donggo beliefs in evil spirits and tutelary gods, theories of conception and bodily humors, and the magical prowess of judges who are also healers and links them to the guiding principles and day-to-day operation of a consensual system of justice.

The first part of the book provides contextualizing material on current debates about ethnography and the anthropology of law, a lively account of the author's field experiences, and a history of the Dou Donggo. Two subsequent chapters use anecdotes and examples to explicate the constitution of the village as a moral community and the moral ontology on which that community is based. Concluding chapters provide a "thick description" of three real disputes witnessed by the author.

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Peter Just is associate professor of anthropology at Williams College.

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Just writes clearly and offers engaging accounts of his own experiences in the field, along with the detailed study of Dou Donggo society. All academic collections. (CHOICE)

...a significant contribution to the anthropology of emotional discourse. The book deserves to be praised for its fine ethnographic descriptions, and for revealing the underlying moral philosophy of a legal system whose 'judges' are superficially similar to but ultimately very different from those of Western jurispridence. (Royal Anthropological Institute Of Great Britain and Ireland)

Engagingly written study... (Journal of Asian Studies)

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