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New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political

Edited by: Matthew Stone, Illan rua Wall, Costas Douzinas

ISBN13: 9780415619578
Published: July 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00

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New Critical Legal Thinking articulates a newly-emergent stream of politically engaged contemporary critical legal scholarship.

Combining grand theory with a concern for grounded political interventions, the various contributors to this book draw on established theorists, such as Hegel, Lacan, and Foucault, in order to understand contemporary legal matters, such as the war on terror, the recent global economic crisis and the emergence of biopolitics.

The contributions instantiate the fact that a new, timely and cohesive ‘school’ of political legal scholarship has come into being: one which critically interrogates, and intervenes in, the contemporary relationship between law and power.

General Introduction, Matthew Stone, Illan rua Wall, Costas Douzinas

Part 1: The State, Violence and Bio-Power A Biopolitics of Criminal Law, Ben Golder
Being, Nothing, Becoming: Hegel and the Legal Order, Tarik Kochi
The Normative Sources of Empire, Costas Douzinas
Constituent Power and Numbers: Economic Limits to Political Representation, Carolina Olarte Olarte Fortune and Nemesis, Vincent Keter
Resignation or Abandonment?, Jason Backett

Part 2: Resistance, Dissensus and The Subject Foucault, Agamben and the Right to Intervene, Jessica Whyte
In the Ruins of the Symbolic: Political Protest and Parody in Lacan and Agamben, Connal Parsley and Juliet Rogers
The Hidden Constituent Power of Another Human Rights, Illan rua Wall
Struggle, Spectacle and a Radically New Use of the Self, Richard Bailey
Somacognition: Political Praxis and the Post-Colonial, Brenna Bhandar

Part 3: Futures of Critical Legal Thinking Before the Law, Encounters at the Borderline, Elena Loizidou
Open Veins of Critique, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
Law as Ontology, Matthew Stone
Towards a Radical Cosmopolitanism: Law, Freedom and World Creation, Gilbert Leung

Series: Birkbeck Law Press

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