Laura Nader

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Laura Nader Millerson, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkley. (Her brother is Ralph Nader.)

" Nader's current work focuses on how central dogmas are made and how they work in law, energy science, and anthropology. Harmony, Ideology—Injustice and Control in a Mountain Zapotec Village (1990) and The Life of the Law: Anthropological Projects (2002) indicate a wide range of interests in law that has moved from village sites into national and international arenas. Energy Choices in a Democratic Society (1980) is the initial work that has continued on in the area of energy and resources culminating in Naked Science—Anthropological Inquiry into Boundaries, Power, and Knowledge (1996). This work reflects a theoretical perspective that crosses disciplinary boundaries. Essays in Controlling Processees (1994, 1996, 2002) is ongoing work that attempts to synthesize contemporary work on power and control. Nader is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1995 the Law and Society Association awarded her the Kalven Prize for distinguished research on law and society." [1] (see Al-Ahram Profile)

Nader's most recent book, which she coauthored with Ugo Mattei is Plunder: When the Rule of Law is Illegal (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

Selected Articles

  • Laura Nader, "Orientalism, Occidentalism and the Control of Women", Cultural Dynamics 2(3), pp.323-55.
  • Laura Nader, "Controlling Processes in the Practice of Law: Hierarchy and Pacification in the Movement to Re-Form Dispute Ideology", (1993) 9 (1), Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Selected Presentations

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Laura Nader, Anthropology at Berkeley, accessed November 17, 2008.