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Law, Justice and Power: Law, Justice and Power


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To speak about law is always and necessarily to be engaged in a discourse about both justice and power. While law's relationship to justice is everywhere contingent and uncertain, law completely divorced from power is unthinkable. And, while law need not be virtuous to be law, if it had no effect in the world it could hardly be said to merit the name law. Recognizing these facts, the series on Law, Justice and Power takes a broad view of legal scholarship.It publishes books by social scientists, humanists and legal academics which connect an understanding of culture's normative ideals with examination of the complex ways that law works in the world, insist that justice is inseparable from social practices and analyze law as one form of power, one way of constituting, controlling and changing the social world. It focuses on state law as well as law in communities and cultural practices and on identities and their articulation in and through law, on law's power in the taken-for-granted world, on its role in the complex construction of nation and national power and on global developments which today destabilize and transform the meaning and significance of law. The series invites innovative scholarship that crosses disciplinary as well as geographic and temporal boundaries.

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The Time of Catastrophe Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Age of Catastrophe

The Time of Catastrophe: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Age of Catastrophe

1st Edition

By Christopher Dole, Robert Hayashi, Andrew Poe, Austin Sarat
June 10, 2019

If catastrophes are, by definition, exceptional events of such magnitude that worlds and lives are dramatically overturned, the question of timing would pose a seemingly straightforward, if not redundant question. The Time of Catastrophe demonstrates the analytic productiveness of this question, ...

The Political Uncommons The Cross-Cultural Logic of the Global Commons

The Political Uncommons: The Cross-Cultural Logic of the Global Commons

1st Edition

By Kathryn Milun
October 18, 2018

In The Political Uncommons, Kathryn Milun presents a cultural history of the global commons: those domains, including the atmosphere, the oceans, the radio frequency spectrum, the earth's biodiversity, and its outer space, designated by international law as belonging to no single individual or ...

Slavery and the Death Penalty A Study in Abolition

Slavery and the Death Penalty: A Study in Abolition

1st Edition

By Bharat Malkani
May 23, 2018

It has long been acknowledged that the death penalty in the United States of America has been shaped by the country’s history of slavery and racial violence, but this book considers the lesser-explored relationship between the two practices’ respective abolitionist movements. The book explains how ...

Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition The Bureaucratic Politics of Regulatory Justification

Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition: The Bureaucratic Politics of Regulatory Justification

1st Edition

By Bronwen Morgan
November 30, 2017

Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition explores how economic concepts and tools are reshaping regulatory law. Building on studies that link law - both institutionally and discursively - to the legitimation of economic neo-liberalism, the book charts lawmakers' attempts to justify social ...

Corruption and the Secret of Law A Legal Anthropological Perspective

Corruption and the Secret of Law: A Legal Anthropological Perspective

1st Edition

By Gerhard Anders, Monique Nuijten
February 10, 2009

This volume presents an anthropological perspective on the hidden continuities between corruption and law. The authors argue that the two opposites, corruption and law, are inextricably linked - with the possibility of the former already inscribed into the latter. Taking a critical stance towards ...

Taking Space Seriously Law, Space and Society in Contemporary Israel

Taking Space Seriously: Law, Space and Society in Contemporary Israel

1st Edition

By Issachar Rosen-Zvi
April 30, 2017

This perceptive study investigates the different ways in which the state deals with various social groups through the mechanisms of space. By means of case studies involving three social groups within Israel's multicultural society - the Sephardim, the Bedouin-Arab minority and the ultra-Orthodox ...

Renascent Pragmatism Studies in Law and Social Science

Renascent Pragmatism: Studies in Law and Social Science

1st Edition

Edited By Alfonso Morales
April 30, 2017

Pragmatism is experiencing a resurgence in law, philosophy and social science, with pragmatists seeking a consistent, comprehensive and productive understanding of social life. In its four sections Renascent Pragmatism aids the reinvigoration of pragmatism as an important intellectual tradition and...

Confronting Sexual Harassment The Law and Politics of Everyday Life

Confronting Sexual Harassment: The Law and Politics of Everyday Life

1st Edition

By Anna-Maria Marshall
October 19, 2016

Examining the relationship between law and social change in the context of employees' everyday problems with sexual harassment, this volume elaborates a framework for studying the role of law in everyday acts of resistance - what the author calls the legal consciousness of injustice. The framework ...

Mobile People, Mobile Law Expanding Legal Relations in a Contracting World

Mobile People, Mobile Law: Expanding Legal Relations in a Contracting World

1st Edition

By Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann
September 09, 2016

Demonstrating how users of law, who often operate in multi-sited situations, are forced to deal with increasingly complex legal circumstances, this volume focuses on political and social processes through which people appropriate, use and create legal forms in multiple legal settings. It provides ...

Pragmatism and Law From Philosophy to Dispute Resolution

Pragmatism and Law: From Philosophy to Dispute Resolution

1st Edition

By Michal Alberstein
November 11, 2016

Pragmatism and Law provides a textual reading of the American legal discourse, as it unfolds through various genres of pragmatism, which evolve and transform during the twentieth century. The historical narrative, which the book weaves, traces the transformation of the pragmatic idea from the ...

The Logic of Consent The Diversity and Deceptiveness of Consent as a Defense to Criminal Conduct

The Logic of Consent: The Diversity and Deceptiveness of Consent as a Defense to Criminal Conduct

1st Edition

By Peter Westen
November 17, 2016

The Logic of Consent analyzes the varied nature of consent arguments in criminal law and examines the confusions that commonly arise from the failure of legislatures, courts and commentators to understand them. Peter Westen skillfully argues that the conceptual aspect accounts for a significant ...

Against the Death Penalty International Initiatives and Implications

Against the Death Penalty: International Initiatives and Implications

1st Edition

Edited By Jon Yorke
November 11, 2016

This edited volume brings together leading scholars on the death penalty within international, regional and municipal law. It considers the intrinsic elements of both the promotion and demise of the punishment around the world, and provides analysis which contributes to the evolving abolitionist ...

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