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Just Stories : How the Law Embodies Racism and Violence - Thomas Ross

Just Stories

How the Law Embodies Racism and Violence

Paperback Published: 31st August 1997
ISBN: 9780807044018
Number Of Pages: 192

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Backed by the power of the state, judges' opinions can send a person to death, dissolve a relationship between a mother and child, or sanction the racial division of a community. We like to believe that these opinions objectively enforce the law. But do they? In this stinging critique of our legal system, Thomas Ross reveals how in making and justifying their opinions, judges rely to a startling degree on personal constructs that all too often perpetuate the deep biases in society. Through close reading of judicial opinions from the late-nineteenth century to the present, Ross exposes a long history of judges' stories that claim objectivity but instead both reflect and reinforce prejudices.

Shatters myth after myth about race, poverty, and women's roles. A searingly effective piece of scholarship. --Richard Delgado, editor of Critical White Studies "[Thomas Ross's] brave call for a redemptive vision for law deserves a broad audience. If properly moved, the people can call for justice, not just stories." --Martha Minow, author of Family Matters: Readings on Family Lives and the Law

"Closely argued. . . . Eye-opening and provocative." --Michelle Pilecki, Pittsburgh magazine

"Through his skillful deconstruction of legal vernacular, Thomas Ross brings us behind the hallowed facade of law. What we find are ordinary men and women who reflect ordinary prejudices regarding race and gender." --Stephen Steinberg, author of Turning Back: The Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy

"An accessible explanation of how narrative influences the law." --The National Law Journal

Law and Narrativep. 1
The Rhetorical Tapestry of Racep. 19
Their Immorality, Our Helplessnessp. 57
The Feminist Nomosp. 97
Despair and Redemptionp. 133
Notesp. 145
Indexp. 157
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ISBN: 9780807044018
ISBN-10: 0807044016
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 31st August 1997
Publisher: Beacon Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Type: New edition