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Laura Nader

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752247

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752247.001.0001

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(p.347) Epilogue
Laura Nader

Laura Nader

Cornell University Press

This chapter reviews letters about what have been happening in America over the past sixty years as the Ivory Tower slowly erodes. It elaborates the importance of language in the early 1960s for the understanding of kinship and court users in a bilingual town and for any sophisticated understanding of the style of court proceedings, which is later dubbed as “harmony ideology.” It also discusses the author's interest in Zapotec law that expanded to a comparative interest in dispute resolution movements worldwide after the demise of colonialism and the founding of new states. The chapter describes the movement in the United States to address the failings of the civil justice system. It talks about the push to change the civil justice system in the United States that is referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution, which is a political movement against the social justice movements of the 1960s.

Keywords:   letters, court proceedings, harmony ideology, Zapotec law, civil justice system, Alternative Dispute Resolution, language

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