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Law and Time

1st Edition

Edited by Sian Beynon-Jones, Emily Grabham


270 pages

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Research on law's relationship with time has flourished over the past decade. This edited collection aims to put law and time scholarship into wider context, advancing conversations on time and temporalities between socio-legal scholars, anthropologists, sociologists, geographers and historians. Through a diverse range of contributions, the collection explores how legal modalities of time emerge and have effects within wider clusters of social and political action. Themes include: law’s diverse roles in maintaining linear historicist models of time; law’s participation in the materialisation of times; and the unsteady effects of temporal pluralism and polytemporalities in law. De-naturalising the ‘time’ in law and time scholarship, this collection positions time as something that can be enacted and materialised as well as experienced, with distinct implications for questions of social justice.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Introduction, Emily Grabham and Siân M. Beynon-Jones


1. The Long Sudden Death of Antonin Scalia, Carol J. Greenhouse

2. ‘No. I Won’t Go Back’: National Time, Trauma and Legacies of Symphysiotomy in Ireland, Máiréad Enright

3. Time-Spaces of Adjudication in the U.S. Subprime Mortgage Crisis, Philip Ashton

4. On delay and duration. Law’s Temporal Orders in Historical Child Sexual Abuse Cases, Sinéad Ring


5. ‘Give Us His Name’: Time, Law, and Language in a Settler Colony, Genevieve Renard Painter

6. Traditional Medicines, Law, and the (Dis)ordering of Temporalities, Emilie Cloatre

7. Making Land Liquid: On Time and Title Registration, Sarah Keenan


8. Regulating the 'Half-timer' in Colonial India: Factory Legislation, its Anomalies and Resistance, Maya John

9. Work-time Technology and Unpaid Labour in Paid Care Work: A Socio-legal Analysis of Employment Contracts and Electronic Monitoring, L.J.B. Hayes


10. Standards in the Shadows for Everyone to See: The Supranational Regulation of Time and the Concern over Temporal Pluralism, Kevin Birth

11. Energy Governance, Risk, and Temporality: The Construction of Energy Time through Law and Regulation, Antti Silvast, Mikko Jalas and Jenny Rinkinen


12. Doing Times, Doing Truths: The Legal Case File as a Folded Object, Irene van Oorschot

13. Topological Time, Law, and Subjectivity: A Description in Five Folds, Sameena Mulla


About the Editors

Siân M. Beynon-Jones is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York.

Emily Grabham is Professor of Law at Kent Law School, University of Kent.

About the Series

Social Justice

Within a broad geopolitical and intellectual landscape, this new, theoretically engaged, interdisciplinary series explores institutional and grassroots practices of social justice across a range of spatial scales. While the pursuit of social justice is as important as it has ever been, its character, conditions, values, and means of advancement are being radically questioned and rethought in the light of contemporary challenges and choices. Attuned to these varied and evolving contexts, Social Justice explores the complex conditions social justice politics confronts and inhabits – of crisis, shock, and erosion, as well as renewal and social invention, of change as well as continuity.

Foregrounding struggle, imagined alternatives and the embedding of new norms, the Social Justice series welcomes books which critically and normatively address the values underpinning new social politics, everyday forms of embodied practice, new dissident knowledges, and struggles to institutionalise change. In particular, the series seeks to explore state and non-state forms of organisation, analysing the different pathways through which social justice projects are put into practice, and the contests their practice generates. More generally, submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

• The changing politics of equality and social justice

• The establishment of alternative, organised sites and networks through which social and political experimentation take place

• The phenomenology of power, inequality and changing social relations

• Techniques of governance through which social change and equality agendas are advanced and institutionalised across different geographic scales

• Institutionalisation of new norms (through official and unofficial forms of institutionalisation) and struggles over them

• Practices of resistance, reversal, counter-hegemony and anti-normativity

• Changing values, practices, and the ways in which relations of inequality and difference are understood

Social Justice is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics and cultural studies. The series welcomes proposals that advance theoretical discussion about social justice, power, institutions, grass-roots practice and values/ ethics. Seeking to develop new conversations across different disciplines and fields, and working with wide-ranging methodologies, Social Justice seeks contributions that are open, engaging, and which speak to a wide, diverse academic audience across all areas of the law, social sciences and humanities.

For further information on the series, or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the Series Editors at:

Davina Cooper, Kent Law School, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, UK
Tel: +44 (1227) 824172

Sarah Lamble, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6017

Sarah Keenan, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6017


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Legal History