Law's Violence / Edition 1

Law's Violence / Edition 1

by Austin Sarat
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472083171

ISBN-13: 9780472083176

Pub. Date: 08/01/1995

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

The relationship between law and violence is made familiar to us in vivid pictures of police beating suspects, in the large and growing prison population, and in the tenacious attachment to capital punishment in the United States. Yet the general link between law and violence and the ways that law manages to impose pain and death while remaining aloof and unstained…  See more details below

Overview

The relationship between law and violence is made familiar to us in vivid pictures of police beating suspects, in the large and growing prison population, and in the tenacious attachment to capital punishment in the United States. Yet the general link between law and violence and the ways that law manages to impose pain and death while remaining aloof and unstained are an unexplored mystery. Each essay in this volume considers the question of how violence done by and in the name of the law differs from illegal or extralegal violence or, indeed, if they differ at all. Each author draws on a distinctive disciplinary tradition - literature, history, anthropology, philosophy, political science, or law - yet each reminds us that law, constituted in response to the metaphorical violence of the state of nature, is itself a doer of literal violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472083176
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Series:
The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
The Declaration of War: Constitutional and Unconstitutional Violence23
Violence under the Law: A Judge's Perspective77
Reading Violence105
Time, Inequality, and Law's Violence141
Private Violence as Moral Action: The Law as Inspiration and Example175
Making Peace with Violence: Robert Cover on Law and Legal Theory211
Contributors251
Index253

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