Analysis Of The Article ' Conflicts As Property ' By Nils Christie

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A conflict, within the context of “Conflicts as Property” by Nils Christie, is something in which one owns. Similarly, the ownership of conflict can be compared to the ownership of property, hence the title of the article. Throughout the article, Nils Christie conveys that every person should have the right to fight their own conflict, however, due to the current social structure in places such as Canada, that right can be taken away or even stolen by professionals.
Nils Christie further proves his thesis by comparing two different legal systems. There is the system of local neighborhood courts, which are represented in Tanzania, and there are complex courts in Scandinavia, similar to those in Canada. The author outlines that the Tanzanian system is “happening,” whereas in contrast, the Scandinavian court is “non-happening.” Christie favors the neighborhood courts because of the centrality of the conflict itself. Furthermore, this is due to the fact that there no limitations on both the victim and the offender in this type of court. Specifically, by the people representing them in court, or the judge. This is a prime example of a traditional legal system in which “…there are not well-developed political subsystems, and the polity is composed of kin leaders, councils of elders or chiefs, and various religious leaders.” This notion is agreeable in a sense that physically confronting the offender may somewhat lead to forgiveness, and in contrast, being able to physically…

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