Star Trek Visions of Law and Justice

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Star Trek Visions of Law and Justice weds popular media with academic inquiry, by illustrating the connection between the future world of Star Trek and today’s American and international legal system.

Editors Robert H. Chaires and Bradley Chilton collect fourteen articles exploring issues of the legal system, international law, corrections, justice, and equality. Scholars in law, political science, criminal justice, sociology, education, and public administration provide a ...

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Overview


Star Trek Visions of Law and Justice weds popular media with academic inquiry, by illustrating the connection between the future world of Star Trek and today’s American and international legal system.

Editors Robert H. Chaires and Bradley Chilton collect fourteen articles exploring issues of the legal system, international law, corrections, justice, and equality. Scholars in law, political science, criminal justice, sociology, education, and public administration provide a truly interdisciplinary perspective on the Star Trek universe and how it relates to the real world of law and justice today.

Star Trek Visions of Law and Justice is for anyone interested in what the future holds for the American justice system and for fans of Star Trek worldwide. It makes an ideal text to teach students interdisciplinary academic concepts using a familiar, popular media phenomenon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966808025
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Law, Crime, and Corrections Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,003,396
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert H. Chaires is an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Nevada-Reno. He is the author and coauthor of numerous articles on minority and civil rights issues in criminal justice.

Bradley Chilton is a professor of criminal justice at Appalachian State University. He is the author of Prisons under the Gavel: The Federal Court Takeover of Georgia Prisons.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Where Few Scholars Have Gone Before 7
A Note About the Editors and Authors
Section 1 Star Trek and Law 11
Law, Justice, and Star Trek 13
The Law of the Federation: Images of Law, Lawyers, and the Legal System in Star Trek: The Next Generation 26
The Interstellar Relations of the Federation: International Law and Star Trek: The Next Generation 73
Legal Development: Captain James T. Kirk and the Enterprise of Constitutional Interpretation 114
Section 2 Star Trek and Justice 134
Where No Woman Has Gone Before: Feminist Perspectives on Star Trek 136
Visions of Corrections in Star Trek: Something Old, Nothing New 160
Crime and "Repentance": Justice Administration and the Moral Self in a New Age 174
The Understanding of Evil: A Joint Quest for Criminology and Theology 203
What Color is an Android?: Some Reflections on Race and Intelligence in Star Trek 219
Section 3 Star Trek and the Future 234
Star Trek as a Pedagogical Vehicle for Teaching: Law and Justice 236
Four Visions of the Century Ahead: Will It Be Star Trek, Ecotopia, Big Government, or Mad Max? 246
Star Trek and Stare Decisis: Legal Reasoning and Information Technology 255
Utopia vs. Dystopia: The Quantum Mechanics of Star Trek 266
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