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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Nobody's Law: Legal Consciousness and Legal Alienation in Everyday Life

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ISBN13: 9781137603968
To be Published: July 2018
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £49.99



Nobody’s Law shows how people – who are disappointed, disenchanted, and outraged about the justice system – gradually move away from law. Using detailed case studies and combining different theoretical perspectives, this book explores the legal consciousness of ordinary people, businessmen, and street-level bureaucrats in the Netherlands.

The empirical research in this study tells an original and alternative narrative about the role of law in everyday life. While previous studies argue that the law is ‘all over’ and emphasize its hegemony, Hertogh shows that legal proliferation makes it harder for people to know, and subsequently identify with, the law. As a result, official law has become increasingly remote and irrelevant to everyday people. The central finding presented in this highly topical text is that these developments signal a process of ‘legal alienation’— a gradual and mundane process with conversely serious consequences for the legitimacy of law.

A timely and original study, this book will be of particular interest to scholars of socio-legal studies and criminal law.

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Subjects:
Law and Society
Contents:
Chapter 1. Introduction.

PART I: A DIFFERENT STORY ABOUT LAW.
Chapter 2. The Myth of Dutch Legal Culture.
Chapter 3. Legalists, Loyalists, Cynics, and Outsiders.
Chapter 4. Research Methods.

PART II: LEGAL ALIENATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE.
Chapter 5. A School Director and Non-Discrimination Law.
Chapter 6. Contractors and Competition Law.
Chapter 7. Front-Line Officials and Public Law.

PART III: CONCLUSIONS.
Chapter 8. Marking the Unremarkable.
Chapter 9. Nobody's Law

Series: Palgrave Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies

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