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Laws of the Senses

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ISBN13: 9780745310695
ISBN: 0745310699
Published: June 1996
Publisher: Pluto Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

The concept of the five senses underpins all modern academic disciplines. Recent work has pushed forward the debate about their significance, and the extent to which our techniques of perception are not merely biological, but constructed and contestable. This book reflects the ways in which ordering of the senses informs law. Starting from the modern legal system's treatment of prohibitions, liabilities, properties and methods of proof and punishment, the contributors look at how understandings of the senses vary across a variety of legal areas, from intellectual property law to criminal law. It covers a range of issues including New Age travellers, consent in female circumcision and sadomasochism.

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Public order and visions of Englishness, Adam Tomkins; representing a sexuality, Carl Stychin; senses and symbols - the construction of drugs, Desmon Manderson; senses of difference, Bernard Hibitts; regulating taste, Alan Hunt; mutilation and aesthetic surgery, Lois Bibbings; fleshing it out, Matthew Weaitt; smells as trademarks, Spiros Maniatis; acoustic justice, Pell Haldar; rationalising non-sense - delusion in 19th-century lunacy determination, Peter Bartlett; making sense of the senseless, Kristena Stern.