Law's Madness

Law's Madness

by Austin Sarat
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472113291

ISBN-13: 9780472113293

Pub. Date: 10/21/2003

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Law and madness? Madness, it seems, exists outside the law and, in principle, society struggles to keep these slippery terms separate. From this perspective, madness appears to be law's foil, the chaos that escapes law's control and simultaneously justifies its existence. Law's Madness explores the gray area between the realms of reason and madness.
The

…  See more details below

Overview

Law and madness? Madness, it seems, exists outside the law and, in principle, society struggles to keep these slippery terms separate. From this perspective, madness appears to be law's foil, the chaos that escapes law's control and simultaneously justifies its existence. Law's Madness explores the gray area between the realms of reason and madness.
The distinguished contributors to Law's Madness propose a fascinating interdisciplinary approach to the instability and mutual permeability of law and madness. Their essays examine a variety of discursive forms—from the literary to the historical to the psychoanalytic—in which law is driven more by narrative than by reason. Their studies delineate the ways in which the law takes its definition in part from that which it excludes, suppresses, or excises from itself, illuminating the drive to enforce barriers between non-reason and legality, while simultaneously shedding new light on the constitutive force of the irrational in legal doctrine.
Law's Madness suggests that the tense and paradoxical relationship between law and madness is precisely what erects and sustains law. This provocative collection asks what must be forgotten in order to uphold the rule of law.
Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. Lawrence Douglas is Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. Martha Merrill Umphrey is Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472113293
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
10/21/2003
Series:
The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.76(d)

Related Subjects

Table of Contents

Madness and Law: An Introduction1
Policing Stories29
Narrating Nymphomania between Psychiatry and the Law49
"A Situation So Unique That It Will Probably Never Repeat Itself": Madness, Youth, and Homicide in Twentieth-Century Criminal Jurisprudence79
The Claims of the Dead: History, Haunted Property, and the Law119
Rethinking Legal Ideals after Deconstruction147
Contributors169
Index171

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >