French Legal System on the Aboriginal and Non-aboriginal Inhabitants


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French Legal System on the Aboriginal and Non-aboriginal Inhabitants
This paper explores the similarities and differences between two scholarly works – one penned by Dickinson, the other one penned by Lachance & Savoie – and highlights the different methodological approaches favoured in each of the works. As we shall see, both works are broadly similar in the sense that both deal with a specific period – the seventeenth and early eighteenth century in New France – and both are descriptive, historical exercises that rely upon the review of primary documents. However, Dickinson is much more interested in how the French legal system forced to accommodate native sensibilities and cultural practices; for their part, Lachance & Savoie...
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.....provided in the Dickinson article. Although it may seem a small matter, Lachance and Savoie offer readers an illustration that enables the reader, via a quick glance, to discern the general patterns of behaviour between married couples in ancient New France.
To end briefly, both works are excellent and commendable – but Dickinson looks at cross-cultural matters whereas Lachance and Savoie look specifically at domestic matters.
Works Cited
Dickinson, John A. “Native sovereignty and French justice in Early Canada,” Topic 3: Law & Society in New France, pp.98-108.
Lachance, Andre & Sylvie Savoie. “Violence, marriage and family honour: aspects of the legal regulation of marriage in new France.” Law and Society in New France, pp.112-130.