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Introduction

  • Mia Korpiola
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Part of the World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence book series (WHCCV)

Abstract

Observing that the traditional focus on legal professionals is insufficient for analysing legal work in many parts of Europe before modern times, this chapter discusses the concept of legal literacy and its different meanings. Legal literacy, having legal skills and knowledge, can be perceived as a continuum between total legal literacy and illiteracy. Any man, woman, and child could acquire some legal literacy and can be placed on this sliding scale. Learning law by doing, writing, and reading enabled people to manage their own litigation and act as legal intermediaries in their communities. The growing genre of popular legal literature increasingly became a path to legal literacy, especially from the eighteenth century on.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TurkuTurkuFinland

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