New Critical Legal Thinking articulates the emergence of a stream of critical legal theory which is directly concerned with the relation between law and the political. The early critical legal studies claim that all law is politics is displaced with a different and more nuanced theoretical arsenal. Combining grand theory with a concern for grounded political interventions, the various contributors to this book draw on political theorists and continental philosophers in order to engage with current legal problematics, such as the recent global economic crisis, the Arab spring and the emergence of biopolitics. The contributions instantiate the claim that a new and radical political legal scholarship has come into being: one which critically interrogates and intervenes in the contemporary relationship between law and power.
Part 1: Resistance, Dissensus and the Subject: Human Rights: Confronting Governments?, Jessica Whyte; Stasis Syntagma: The Names and Types of Resistance,Costas Douzinas; A Different Constituent Power: Agamben & Tunisia, Illan rua Wall; Para-protest: Reading a Parody of Police Gesture as Political Protest with Giorgio Agamben, Connal Parsley; Part 2: The State, Violence and Biopolitics: The Distribution of Death: Notes Towards a Bio-political Theory of Criminal Law, Ben Golder; Disassembling Legal Form: Ownership and the Racial Body, Brenna Bhandar; Being, Nothing, Becoming: Hegel and the Legal Order,Tarik Kochi; Critical Legal Thought in Public International Law, Jason A. Beckett; Economy or law?,Vincent Keter; Part 3: Futures of Critical Legal Thinking: Before the Law, Encounters at the Borderline, Elena Loizidou; Life Beyond Law: Questioning a Return to Origins, Matthew Stone; Notes for a Novella of the Future, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera;Towards a Radical Cosmopolitanism, Gilbert Leung.
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