The Third Volume in the series Communication Processes engages in understanding processes of communication in relation to cultural configurations and contending forces that permeate them. This volume is positioned at the interface of culture and communication—exploring ways in which interaction, negotiations, and even conflicts are voiced. It re-examines our conception of culture to show that communities cannot be divided into polarities such as ‘elite and popular’ or ‘dominant and subaltern’—establishing that such clear divisions cannot exist in society. Culture is therefore perceived as a field of contending forces: a milieu of exchange, encounter, confrontation, and possibly conflict.

The Indian Legal System: A Unique Combination of Traditions, Practices and Modern Values*

The Indian legal system: A uniqe combination of traditions, practices and modern values


Throughout its history the Indian legal system has not presented a uniform set of structures and sources of law to solve conflicts. This explains why, in many cases, clan and caste panchayats rendered decisions on concurrent issues with the courts established by the princes of an area and later on by the British colonizers. In order to capture the complexity of the changes that occurred in the various instances of dispute resolutions, the interplay between different interpretations and sanctions of Hindu law by some rulers and by the post-independence legal system in India will be examined.

* The research on which ...

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