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Erin Moore Indian Village
Cultural anthropologist and attorney Erin Moore discusses her research into the customs and practices of rural India. She lived...
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Cultural anthropologist and attorney Erin Moore discusses her research into the customs and practices of rural India. She lived...
Erin Moore Indian Village-clip_4138
When preparing to go to the village, Erin Moore admits that she felt some risk that there would not be much conflict among the...
Erin Moore Indian Village-clip_4139
Erin Moore describes a village dispute stemming from multiple instances of marital infidelity, which resulted in a wife being...
Erin Moore Indian Village-clip_4140
Erin Moore also investigated the local government's contribution to justice. One judge complained that they were so overworked...

Erin Moore Indian Village

October 10, 1997 | Video Lecturer:

Cultural anthropologist and attorney Erin Moore discusses her research into the customs and practices of rural India. She lived for an extended period in a 12,000 person village in Rajasthan where she specifically looked at the cultural constructs of justice. Moore describes in detail a village dispute stemming from multiple instances of marital infidelity which resulted in a wife being kidnapped by her husband. Moore then examines the role of the official legal system, and of religious leaders.

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Cultural anthropologist and attorney Erin Moore discusses her research into the customs and practices of rural India. She lived for an extended period in a 12,000 person village in Rajasthan where she specifically looked at the cultural constructs of justice. Since every group has their own set of cues, one often misses significant clues when going from one group to another. She describes customs specific to her village relating to marriage and the justice system. She shows a short film of the village depicting scenes and activities from daily life.


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When preparing to go to the village, Erin Moore admits that she felt some risk that there would not be much conflict among the villagers to study. She quickly realized that disputes happen every day, just as they do everywhere. She also quickly discovered that the most popular place to take disputes was the village council, comprised of wealthy elderly men. These council hearing could last four days, despite having no evidence, rules or judges. Other options, such as the local state authorities and courts, are discouraged and often prohibited by village elders.


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Erin Moore describes a village dispute stemming from multiple instances of marital infidelity, which resulted in a wife being kidnapped by her husband. The state kidnapping charges against the husband were dropped because the local police chief advised the the families involved to go to court and deny that the incident ever occurred. Moore presents a video of the council deliberating the case.


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Erin Moore also investigated the local government’s contribution to justice. One judge complained that they were so overworked they were unable to investigate anything, so they could only make rulings based on evidence presented in court. She shows a short video depicting courthouse activity, including a man sewing paperwork together. Discussing the importance of religious leaders in the village, she explains how poor people go to the local mullahs. She shows videos of one mullah’s other duties, such as performing exorcisms.