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Kinship, Law and Politics


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Part I. Kinship: 1. Corporal union as performance of belonging; 2. The making of kin belonging; Part II. Law: 3. Territorial belonging and the law; 4. Religious identity and law; Part III. Politics: 5. The familial-political analogy; 6. Liberal iconoclasm; 7. Beyond the analogy: liberal alternatives; Bibliography.

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An introduction to how belonging and identity have been reflected, modified, and rearticulated in crucial moments throughout history.

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Joseph E. David is Professor of Law at Sapir Academic College, Israel and a Visiting Professor at the Program in Judaic Studies and Law School at the University of Yale. His research focuses on Jewish Studies, Law and Religion, Legal History and Comparative Jurisprudence, on which he has published extensively.


'Not since Charles Taylor have scholars seen such a profound inquiry into the sources of selfhood and the nature of belonging in community. Joseph David draws on a stunning range of ancient and modern, familiar and forgotten figures to probe the depths of human nature and our essential bonds of marriage and family, friendship and faith, property and state. This is interdisciplinary and interreligious scholarship of the highest caliber.' John Witte, Jr., Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University
'Joseph David's book is an immensely erudite and deep exploration of the meaning of belonging and identity. David's brilliant examination of the belonging and identity in their different layers and in diverse historical settings, is of fundamental importance to the understanding of the complexity of the concept and the vital role it plays in contemporary political and cultural life.' Moshe Halbertal, New York University

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