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Bodies of Law

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Alan HydeProfessor and Sidney Reitman Scholar, Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, USA

ISBN13: 9780691012285
ISBN: 0691012288
Published: October 1997
Publisher: University Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton
Format: Paperback
Price: £28.95

Argues that the most basic assertions about our bodies, that they are ours and distinguish us from each other, that they are private and have boundaries, races and genders, are all political theories, constructed in legal texts for political purposes. The text asserts that none of the contructions of the body in legal texts are universal truths that rest solely on body experience. It shows that legal texts can construct all kinds of bodies, that are public, open and accessible to others. Further, the language, images amd metaphors of the body in legal texts can often convince us of positions to which we would not assent as a matter of political theory.

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