Cloth $43.00 ISBN: 9780226422541 Published May 1999
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226422558 Published December 2000

The Cultural Study of Law

Reconstructing Legal Scholarship

Paul W. Kahn

The Cultural Study of Law
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Paul W. Kahn

180 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1999
Cloth $43.00 ISBN: 9780226422541 Published May 1999
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226422558 Published December 2000
Belief in the rule of law characterizes our society, our political order, and even our identity as citizens. The Cultural Study of Law is the first full examination of what it means to conduct a modern intellectual inquiry into the culture of law. Paul Kahn outlines the tools necessary for such an inquiry by analyzing the concepts of time, space, citizen, judge, sovereignty, and theory within the culture of law's rule. Charting the way for the development of a new intellectual discipline, Paul Kahn advocates an approach that stands outside law's normative framework and looks at law as a way of life rather than as a set of rules.

"Professor Kahn's perspective is neat and alluring: We need a form of legal scholarship released from the project of reform so that we can better understand who and what we are. The new discipline should study 'not legal rules, but the imagination as it constructs a world of legal meaning.' . . . [C]oncise, good reading, and recommended." —New York Law Journal
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Theory and Practice
1. The State of the Discipline
2. Imagining the Rule of Law
3. Methodological Rules
Conclusion: Scholarship and Law's Power
Notes
Index
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