chapter 1 Introduction part SECTION I Interpolating vernacular dispute management in South Africa chapter 2 Contentious background: history and theory part SECTION II Institutional attributes of dispute management in Msinga chapter 3 Controversial subject matter: what disputes are heard? chapter 4 Competing authorities: what forums exist over what jurisdictions and how do they manage disputes between them? part SECTION III Interpersonal attributes of dispute management in Msinga chapter 5 Contradictory social relations: who is disputing with whom and why? chapter 6 Confl icting identities: fears, vulnerabilities and strengths accompanying gender and age chapter 7 Confounding objectives: what do people really want? part SECTION IV Integrating access to justice and human security in rural South Africa chapter 8 Conclusion: a vision of the South African legal order far beyond the Traditional Courts Bill.