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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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Islam in American Prisons Black Muslims' Challenge to American Penology

Islam in American Prisons: Black Muslims' Challenge to American Penology

1st Edition

By Hamid Reza Kusha
November 24, 2016

The growth of Islam both worldwide and particularly in the United States is especially notable among African-American inmates incarcerated in American state and federal penitentiaries. This growth poses a powerful challenge to American penal philosophy, structured on the ideal of rehabilitating ...

Aristotle's Ethics and Legal Rhetoric An Analysis of Language Beliefs and the Law

Aristotle's Ethics and Legal Rhetoric: An Analysis of Language Beliefs and the Law

1st Edition

By Frances J. Ranney
November 10, 2016

Taking the novel position of dealing with law, classical rhetoric and feminism concurrently, this book considers the effects of beliefs about language on those who attempt to theorize about and use law to accomplish practical and political purposes. The author employs Aristotle's terminology to ...

Spatializing Law An Anthropological Geography of Law in Society

Spatializing Law: An Anthropological Geography of Law in Society

1st Edition

Edited By Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann
November 02, 2016

Spatializing Law: An Anthropological Geography of Law in Society focuses on law and its location, exploring how spaces are constructed on the terrestrial and marine surface of the earth with legal means in a rich variety of socio-political, legal and ecological settings. The contributors explore ...

The Global Decline of the Mandatory Death Penalty Constitutional Jurisprudence and Legislative Reform in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean

The Global Decline of the Mandatory Death Penalty: Constitutional Jurisprudence and Legislative Reform in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean

1st Edition

By Andrew Novak
October 19, 2016

Historically, at English common law, the death penalty was mandatory for the crime of murder and other violent felonies. Over the last three decades, however, many former British colonies have reformed their capital punishment regimes to permit judicial sentencing discretion, including ...

Rules of Law and Laws of Ruling On the Governance of Law

Rules of Law and Laws of Ruling: On the Governance of Law

1st Edition

Edited By Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann
September 08, 2016

Offering an anthropological perspective, this volume explores the changing relations between law and governance, examining how changes in the structure of governance affect the relative social significance of law within situations of legal pluralism. The authors argue that there has been a ...

Popular Culture and Legal Pluralism Narrative as Law

Popular Culture and Legal Pluralism: Narrative as Law

1st Edition

By Wendy A Adams
July 08, 2016

Drawing upon theories of critical legal pluralism and psychological theories of narrative identity, this book argues for an understanding of popular culture as legal authority, unmediated by translation into state law. In narrating our identities, we draw upon collective cultural narratives, and ...

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