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Transitions, Transitions, 0817356908, 0-8173-5690-8, 978-0-8173-5690-3, 9780817356903, , , Transitions, 0817385932, 0-8173-8593-2, 978-0-8173-8593-4, 9780817385934,

Legal Change, Legal Meanings
Edited by Austin Sarat

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2012. 288 pp.
Price:  $29.95 s
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2012. 288 pp.
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Transitions: Legal Change, Legal Meanings illustrates the various intersections, crises, and shifts that continually occur within the law, and how these moments of change interact with and comment on contemporary society.

Together the essays in this volume investigate the transformation of US law during moments of political change and explore what we can learn about law by examining its role and its use in times of transition. Whether by an abrupt shift in regime or an orderly progression from one government to the next, political change often calls into question the stability and versatility of the law, making it appear temporarily absent or in suspension.  What challenges to the law arise at these times? To what extent do transitional periods foster ingenuity and resourcefulness, and how might they precipitate crises in legal authority? What do moments of legal change mean for law itself and how legal institutions bring about and respond to times of transition in legal arrangements? Transitions begins the scholarly exploration of these questions that have largely been neglected.
Akhil Reed Amar / William L. Andreen /
Jack M. Beermann / Heather Elliott / Joshua
Alexander Geltzer / David Gray / Paul
Horwitz / Daniel H. Joyner / Nina
Mendelson / Meredith Render / Austin
Sarat / Ruti Teitel / Lindsey Ohlsson Worth

Austin Sarat is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College and the Justice Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Faculty Scholar at The University of Alabama School of Law. He is the author or editor of more than seventy books on law and society, including Imagining Legality: Where Law Meets Popular Culture, and he is the editor of the journals Law, Culture and the Humanities and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. He also edits the book series Cultural Lives of Law at Stanford University Press.

“This volume builds on decades of work to understand more fully and productively the role and meaning of the law in society, by focusing on what we can learn by examining these questions during times of political transition. This research is timely and will be of great interest to readers in many areas of inquiry.”—William Lyons, author of The Politics of Community Policing: Rearranging the Power to Punish


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