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Bhavani Raman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226703275

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226703299.001.0001

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Duplicity and Evidence

Duplicity and Evidence

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(p.137) Chapter FiveDuplicity and Evidence
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Document Raj
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Bhavani Raman

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226703299.003.0006

This chapter focuses on discourses about duplicity in Madras. It discusses ensuing struggles over attestation as well as the anxieties and complications of the writing process as manifested in legal domains. It also looks at the creation of counterfeit consciousness and tackles efforts that rearranged the relationship between law and writing, without stabilizing juridical truth.

Keywords:   perfect recordation, attestatory authority, writing process, legal domains, counterfeit consciousness, judicial truth, reforms of 1816, mischief makers

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