Cocina del Derecho - Mariana Dias Paes
What do shop windows, kitchens, and cookers have to do with Legal History research? In her recently published book, "Esclavos y tierras entre posesión y títulos: la construcción social del derecho de propiedad en Brasil (siglo XIX)", our researcher Mariana Dias Paes draws on the metaphor of the "kitchen of law" to put forward an innovative theoretical and methodological perspective to analyze normative production. The book results from extensive research on Brazilian court cases that discussed ownership and possession over slaves and land in nineteenth-century Brazil. Ownership and possession were not "perfect", "organized" and "static" legal categories, such as sweets in shop windows. Beyond this representation, they acquired concrete meaning in daily social interactions. That is, they acquired concrete legal meaning in the "kitchen of law".