Publication 2015: Of Doubt and Proof

Starting March 23, 2015 - Ending March 23, 2026

All institutions concerned with the process of judging - whether it be deciding between alternative courses of action, determining a judge’s professional integrity, assigning culpability for an alleged crime, or ruling on the credibility of an asylum claimant - are necessarily directly concerned with the question of doubt. By putting ritual and judicial settings into comparative perspective, this book investigates techniques for casting and dispelling doubt, and the roles they play in achieving verdicts or decisions that appear both valid and just.

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Of Doubt and Proof. Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment

Edited by Daniela Berti, Anthony Good and Gilles Tarabout. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2015

 

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All institutions concerned with the process of judging - whether it be deciding between alternative courses of action, determining a judge’s professional integrity, assigning culpability for an alleged crime, or ruling on the credibility of an asylum claimant - are necessarily directly concerned with the question of doubt. By putting ritual and judicial settings into comparative perspective, in contexts as diverse as Indian and Taiwanese divination and international cricket, as well as legal processes in France, the UK, India, Denmark, and Ghana, this book investigates techniques for casting and dispelling doubt, and the roles they play in achieving verdicts or decisions that appear both valid and just.

Contents:

  • Foreword, Antoine Garapon
  • Introduction: technologies of doubt in law and ritual, Anthony Good, Daniela Berti and Gilles Tarabout LINK to online text
  • Technicalities of doubting: temple consultations and criminal trials in India, Daniela Berti
  • Judging destiny: doubt and certainty in Chinese divinatory rituals, Stéphanie Homola
  • Religious uncertainty, astrology and the courts in South India, Gilles Tarabout
  • When judges feel misjudged: encountering doubt in Ghanaian courts, Jan Budniok
  • Doubt in action: the different times of doubt in French Assize courts, Véronique Bouillier
  • ‘The benefit of the doubt’ in British asylum claims and international cricket, Anthony Good
  • In doubt: documents as fetishes in the Danish asylum system, Zachary Whyte
  • Emotions as evidence: hearings in the French asylum court, Carolina Kobelinsky
  • Afterword, Tobias Kelly