Are lawyers, by their very nature, agents of the state, of capital, of institutions of power? Or are there ways in which they can work constructively or transformatively for the disempowered, the working class, the underprivileged?
Lawyers in a Postmodern World explores how lawyers actively create the forms of power which they and others deploy. Through engaging case studies, the book examines how lawyers work within and for powerful institutions and provides suggestions--both general and practical--for ways in which the practice of law can be made to work with and for the powerless.
Individuals chapters address such subjects as the contradictions of radical law practice; legal work in South Africa; the economics and politics of negotiating justice; feminist legal scholarship and women's gendered lives; the overlapping worlds of law, business, and politics; theories of legal practice; and how lawyers are constitutive of gender relations.
Contributing to the book are Maureen Cain (University of West Indies), Yves Dezalay (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France), Martha Fineman (Columbia University), Sue Lees (University of North London), Doreen McBarnet (Wolfson College, Oxford), Frank Munger (SUNY, Buffalo), Wilfried Scharf (University of Cape Town), Stuart Scheingold (University of Washington), David Sugarman (Lancaster University), and Sally Wheeler (University of Nottingham).
"The book is useful, too, to sociologists and antropologists who seek to understand how American kinship norms and narratives are changing with America's shifting demographic landscape." -"American Journal of Sociology", "This is a fascinating project, a book that (at last!) gives the phenomenon of transnational China/U.S. adoption the sustained, serious attention that it deserves." -Laura Briggs, author of "Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science, and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico" "Provides an original and exciting global framework for understanding the political economy of international adoption." -Catherine Ceniza Choy, author of "Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History" "Books like Dorow's perform a vital role in drawing international attention to one's consequence of China's population policy." -"Journal of American Studies",
|List of contributors|
|Series editor's introduction|
|Understanding lawyering||p. 13|
|The symbol traders||p. 15|
|Outlining a theory of legal practice||p. 49|
|Constituting capital and the state||p. 71|
|Legal creativity: law, capital and legal avoidance||p. 73|
|Capital fractionalized: the role of insolvency practitioners in asset distribution||p. 85|
|Blurred boundaries: the overlapping worlds of law, business and politics||p. 105|
|Lawyers' work as constitutive of gender relations||p. 124|
|The forum should fit the fuss: the economics and politics of negotiated justice||p. 155|
|Towards prefigurative legal practices||p. 183|
|Miners and lawyers: law practice and class conflict in Appalachia 1872-1920||p. 185|
|Feminist legal scholarship and women's gendered lives||p. 229|
|Para-legals and prefiguration: working in black townships towards a post-apartheid South Africa||p. 247|
|The contradictions of radical law practice||p. 265|
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Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st July 1994
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54