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Little injusticesLaura Nader looks at the law

Anthropoligist Laura Nader compares legal procedures in a small Zapotec village and in the United States. She discusses methods of conflict resolution and the problems that develop when society is large and law is impersonal. The U.S. part of the study is based on analysis of consumer complaints.

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  • "La antropóloga Laura Nader relata este estudio multicultural de solución de conflictos institucionales. Muestra como, en un pueblo remoto mexicano, cara a cara están en desacuerdo entre una pequeña población que exige la reparación rápida y eficaz, mientras en los consumidores de los Estados Unidos con productos defectuosos son perdidos en una ciénaga."
  • "Anthropoligist Laura Nader compares legal procedures in a small Zapotec village and in the United States. She discusses methods of conflict resolution and the problems that develop when society is large and law is impersonal. The U.S. part of the study is based on analysis of consumer complaints."@en
  • "Indiqué sur la jaquette : How does justice really work in the United States? Who has knowledge of the law, access to the legal system, and the will and power to use it? Anthropologist Laura Nader's first field trip to a Zapotec Indian village in Oaxaca, Mexico, in the late 1950s, led her to study problem-solving in the local courts. There, "little injustices" were the meat of everyday courtroom life. In this small-scale Mexican society, where most interactions were face-to-face, and anger and conflicts needed constantly to be resolved, Nader found that emphasis was on balanced solutions rather than on blaming a guilty party. We see, for instance, a courtroom scene in which the judge orders a truck driver, accused of running over a basket of chilies, to weigh the damaged chilies and reimburse the owner, while the merchant is warned to be more careful not to place his baskets in the road. Villagers, found Nader, consistently had knowledge of and access to the law, and often brought their problems to this court. In the 1960s, Nader returned to teach at Berkeley. In a decade of sit-ins, riots, helicopter gassings, and arrests, Nader asked why conflicts in our own society, in contrast to the Zapotec village, tend to escalate toward violence. Nader became acutely aware of questions of power and powerlessness in industrialized societies dominated by multinational corporations and other large-scale organizations. In order to investigate how the American legal system works for those who seek and cannot find justice, Nader, who notes that "our way of life is in fact a consumer way of life," turned to five thousand letters sent by irate consumers to her brother, consumer advocate Ralph Nader. In this film, we meet some of these letterwriters. "Everybody buys a lemon at some point," one comments: the oven is flaking, the new car drives in reverse, the mobile home is immovable, the washing machine just doesn't work. In each of these cases, the cheated owners have tried through letters, forms, and phone calls to remedy their problems, only to discover that no one will take responsibility. The powerlessness of little people against corporate enterprise is overwhelming; most people give up in anger, frustration, and ultimately apathy. One couple got action on their flaking oven only after Betty Furness, on national television, asked the company president, "What's that stuff that's falling into the food?" "It's really a form of porcelain," the president replied, and although not toxic, he added, he did not recommend eating it. People in America, notes Nader, sincerely think that it is wrong to be "taken," that it goes against the American grain. "I'll fight them to the end!" says one indignant consumer. The channels for such fights, however, are often dead ends, or at best obscure, in part because of the growing gap between producers and consumers in our industrial society, one which is based on face-to-faceless economic relationships."
  • "Anthropologist Laura Nader narrates this cross-cultural study of institutionalized conflict resolution. Shows how, in a remote Mexican village, face-to-face conflict among a small population demands swift and effective redress for injustices, while in the United States consumers with defective products are lost in a morass of frustrating claims, slow and costly legal action, ineffective public agencies, and unresponsive corporate entities."@en
  • "Anthropologist Laura Nader narrates this cross-cultural study of institutionalized conflict resolution. Shows how, in a remote Mexican village, face-to-face conflict among a small population demands swift and effective redress for injustices, while in the United States consumers with defective products are lost in a morass of frustrating claims, slow and costly legal action, ineffective public agencies, and unresponsive corporate entities."
  • "Anthropologist Laura Nader compares the resolution of everyday legal complaints as conducted in a small Zapotec Indian village and in the United States. Studies are based on a 10-year study of 5000 consumer complaints. She discusses the legal procedures and remedies, and comments on the problems of impersonal law."
  • "Anthropologist Laura Nader compares the resolution of everyday legal complaints as conducted in a small Zapotec Indian village and in the United States. Studies are based on a 10-year study of 5000 consumer complaints. She discusses the legal procedures and remedies, and comments on the problems of impersonal law."@en
  • "How does justice really work in the United States? Anthropologist Laura Nader's first field trip to a Zapotec village in Oaxaca, Mexico, in the late 1950s, led her to study problem-solving in the local courts. There, "little injustices" were the meat of everyday courtroom life. The film explains how, in a remote Mexican village, face-to-face conflict among a small population demands swift and effective redress for injustices, while in the United States consumers with defective products are lost in a morass of frustrating claims, slow and costly legal action, ineffective public agencies, and unresponsive corporate entities. In the 1960s, Laura Nader returned from Mexico to teach at Berkeley. In a decade of sit-ins, riots, helicopter gassings, and arrests, she asked why conflicts in our own society, in contrast to the Zapotec village, tend to escalate toward violence. Nader became acutely aware of questions of power and powerlessness in industrialized societies dominated by multinational corporations and other large-scale organizations. In order to investigate how the American legal system works for those who seek and cannot find justice, Nader, who notes that "our way of life is in fact a consumer way of life," turned to five thousand letters sent by irate consumers to her brother, consumer advocate Ralph Nader. In this film, we meet some of these letterwriters. "Everybody buys a lemon at some point," one comments: the oven is flaking, the new car drives in reverse, the mobile home is immovable. The powerlessness of individuals against corporate enterprise is such that most people give up in anger, frustration, and ultimately apathy."@en
  • "Anthropologist Laura Nader compares the Mexican and American legal systems and how they resolve consumer complaints."@en
  • "Anthropologist Laura Nader compares the resolution of everyday complaints in law in a small Mexican village and the United States. Studies are based on a 10 year study of 5,000 consumer complaints. In the United States, consumers with defective products face conflicting claims, slow and costly legal action, ineffective public agencies, and unresponsive corporations."@en
  • "Anthropologist Laura Nader narrates this cross-cultural study of institutionalized conflict resolution. Shows how, in a remote Mexican village, face-to-face conflict among a small population demands swift and effective redress for injustices, while in the United States consumers with defective products are lost in a morass of frustrating claims, slow and costly legal action, ineffective public agencies, and unresponsive corporate entities. Studies are based on a 10-year study of 5000 consumer complaints. She discusses the legal procedures and remedies, and comments on the problems of an impersonal law and on large corporations."@en
  • "Anthropologist Laura Nader compares the resolution of everyday complaints in law between a small Zapotec Indian village and the United States. Studies are based on a 10-year study of 5000 consumer complaints. She discusses the legal procedures and remedies, and comments on the problems of an impersonal law and on large corporations."
  • "Anthropologist Laura Nader compares the resolution of everyday complaints in law between a small Zapotec Indian village and the United States. Studies are based on a 10-year study of 5000 consumer complaints. She discusses the legal procedures and remedies, and comments on the problems of an impersonal law and on large corporations."@en

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