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Cultural Legal Studies: Law's Popular Cultures and the Metamorphosis of Law


ISBN13: 9781138801066
Published: August 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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What can popular cultures offer law, as a basis for critical practice? This introduction to the ‘cultural legal studies’ movement takes up this question as it presents a new encounter with the ‘cultural turn’ in law and legal theory.

Moving beyond the ‘law ands’ (literature, humanities, culture, film) on which it is based, cultural legal studies aims to metamorphose law and the legalities that underpin its popular imaginary. To this end, the collection brings together leading scholars from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Presenting a long-overdue identification and framing of its scope, methodologies and practice, and drawing on three different modes of cultural legal studies – storytelling, technology and jurisprudence – the collection showcases the intersectional practices of cultural legal studies and law in its popular cultural mode.

In this respect, contributors to the collection deploy differentiated modes of cultural legal studies practice, adopting diverse philosophical, disciplinary, methodological and theoretical approaches and subjects of examination.

The collection draws on this mix of diversity and homogeneity to argue that we must take seriously an interrogation of law as culture – that is, not asking how a text ‘represents’ law, but how the representational nature of both law and culture intersect: in short, how the ‘juridical’ becomes visible in various cultural forms and their technological manifestations, and so how law’s popular cultures actively metamorphose law.

Subjects:
General Interest
Contents:
Part I: Cultural Legal Studies – An Introduction
1. What is Cultural Legal Studies? Marett Leiboff & Cassandra Sharp
2. Taking Representations Seriously, Karen Crawley
3. Cultural Legal Studies as Law’s Extroversion, Marett Leiboff

Part II: Cultural Legal Studies as Legal Storytelling
4. Finding Stories of Justice in the Art of Conversation: Ethnography in Cultural Legal Studies, Cassandra Sharp
5. Stolen Generations’ Testimonies and the Popular Justice Genre, Honni van Rijswijk
6. Border Crossings: The Transnational Career of the Television Crime Drama, Sue Turnbull
7. Theatre, Popular Culture and the Law in the 21st Century, Peter Robson

Part III: Law’s Technologies and Cultural Legal Studies
8. Open Secrets: In the park after dark, Katherine Biber
9. Irony as Method: Reframing Photographs in Cultural Legal Studies, Karen Crawley
10. Fetuses, Phantoms and Ultrasounds: Picturing Moral Arguments in a Fraught Legal Arena, Jessica Silbey
11. Video justice: YouTube and the UK Supreme Court, Les Moran

Part IV: Cultural Legal Studies as Jurisprudence
12. Bodies, Cinema, Sovereignty: Using Visual Culture Methodologies to Think About Other Ways that Law Might Work, Kirsty Duncanson
13. Lex Vampirica: The Law of the Undead in Popular Culture, William MacNeil
14. ‘Oh, you don’t know what’s good for bad’: Megamind, Superheroes and the Law Made Strange, Timothy D Peters
15. Dystopia meets Faërie: Harry Potter and the Institutional Disaster, Luis Gómez Romero