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Vol 22 No 5 May/June 2017

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Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Edited by: Patricia Londono, David Eady, A.T.H. Smith, Rt. Hon Lord Eassie
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Ranciere and Law

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ISBN13: 9781138955134
To be Published: January 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00

This book is the first to approach Jacques Ranciere's work from a legal perspective. A former student of Louis Althusser, Ranciere is one of the most important contemporary French philosophers of recent decades: offering an original and path-breaking way to think politics, democracy and aesthetics.

Ranciere's work has received wide and increasing critical attention, but no study exists so far that reflects on the wider implications of Ranciere for law and for socio-legal studies. Although Ranciere does not pay much specific attention to law-and there is a strong temptation to identify law with what he terms the "police order"-much of Ranciere's historical work highlights the creative potential of law and legal language. Indeed, he repeatedly offers powerful instances of what Robert Cover labelled jurisgenesis, of norm-generation, with important legal implications and ramifications. So, rather than excavate the Rancierean corpus for isolated statements about the law, this volume reverses such a method and asks: what would a Ranciere-inspired legal theory look like?

Bringing together specialists and scholars in different areas of law, critical theory and philosophy, this rethinking of law and socio-legal studies through Ranciere provides an original and important engagement with a range of contemporary legal topics, including constituent power, constitutional interpretation, the judicialization of politics, legal subjectivity, conflicts, human rights, the nomos of modernity, globalization, and the sensory configurations of law. It will, then, be of considerable interest to those working in these areas.

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1. Monica Lopez Lerma and Julen Etxabe, Introduction

Part I: Law Between Politics and Police
2. Ari Hirvonen, Politics, Resistance and Law
3. Julen Etxabe, A Poetics for Constitutional Interpretation
4. Alen Topliselik, Reconceptualizing Ranciere's 'politics'/'police' through Derrida, Foucault and Weber: Law and Resistance as Power

Part II: From The Rights of Subjects to the Subjects of Rights
5. Patrick Hanafin, The Errancy of Rights
6. Tom Frost, "Reading Ranciere and Arendt through the Human of Human Rights
7. Susanna Lindroos-Hovinheimo, Unidentified Subjects: Ranciere and Legal Personhood

Part III: Democracy, State, and Globalization
8. Panu Minkkinen, Potential or Actual Dissensus?: Schmitt vs. Ranciere
9. Eric Heinze, "Democracy without Rights
10. Gareth Williams, Ranciere and the Question of Law in the Era of the Inexistent Other

Part IV: Law and Aesthetics
11. Petr Agha, The Art of the Dissent
12. Wayne Morrison, "Representing Law 'in' the Holocaust or Seeking the Unrepresented: Undoing the Legacy of Nuremberg
13. Monica Lopez Lerma, Violent Cartographies: Law and Film.