ABSTRACT

As an illustration of how cases may be utilized to seek general legal notions in a culture, we have selected the following essay by A.L. Epstein, who carried out fieldwork in Zambia in 1950. Epstein is very much an advocate of the use of cases. See his Juridical Techniques and the Judicial Process: A Study in African Customary Law, The Rhodes-Livingstone Papers, Number Twenty-Three (Manchester, 1954) and “The Case Method in the Field of Law,” in A.L. Epstein, ed., The Craft of Social Anthropology (London, 1967), pp. 205–231.