Anthropology is among the disciplines credited with the final dismantling of the doctrinal tradition of law-the long-standing *Enlightenment discourse that defined law as the unfolding of reason. Thereafter it passed through three phases. By the mid-nineteenth century, the jurisprudential paradigm was one of the legal order as a system of rules. Social order rested on *property relations and relations of †consanguinity and †affinity. Change in the laws came about through the expression of public opinion and education - the growth of knowledge.