This volume addresses the pluralistic identity of the legal order. It argues that the mutual reflexivity of the different ways society perceives law and law perceives society eclipses the unique formal identity of written law. It advances a distinctive approach to the plural ways in which legal cultures work in a modern society, through the metaphor of the mirror. As a mirror of society, it distinguishes between the structure and function of legal culture within the legal system, and the external representation of law in society. This duality is further problematized in relation to the increasing transnationalisation of law.
Based on a multi-level interpretation of the concept of legal culture, the work is divided into three parts: the first addresses the mutual reflections of social and legal norms that support a pluralist representation of internal legal cultures, the second concentrates on the external legal cultures that constantly enable pragmatic adjustments of the legal order to its social environment, and the third concludes the book with a theoretical discussion of the issues presented.
Table of Contents
Introduction; PART I TOWARDS A REFLEXIVE LEGAL CULTURE; 1. The Normative Anatomy of Society; 2. A Typology of Legal Cultures; 3. Pluripoiesis of Law and the Kaleidoscope of Legal Cultures; 4. Towards a Global Legal Culture? Spaces of Law in the Transnational Constellation; 5. Competing Mirrors. Law’s Blind Spots in Philosophical and Social-Scientific Review; PART II ON THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL FUNCTIONING OF LEGAL SYSTEMS; 6. Normative Force and Political Intelligence; 7. Balancing Legal Principles and Legal Topics; 8. Questionable Neutrality. Personal Values in Judicial Adjudication; 9. The Leaking Law; 10. The Postmodern Administrative Law; APPENDIX; 11. The Sociological Observation of the Theory and Practice of Law; 12. Some Problems with Reflexive Law;
Alberto Febbrajo is Senior Professor of Sociology of Law at the Department of Law, University of Macerata, Italy.