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Legal Canons - Jack M. Balkin

Legal Canons

By: Jack M. Balkin (Editor), Sanford V. Levinson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2000
ISBN: 9780814798577
Number Of Pages: 444

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Every discipline has its canon: the set of standard texts, approaches, examples, and stories by which it is recognized and which its members repeatedly invoke and employ. Although the last twenty-five years have seen the influence of interdisciplinary approaches to legal studies expand, there has been little recent consideration of what is and what ought to be canonical in the study of law today.

Legal Canons brings together fifteen essays which seek to map out the legal canon and the way in which law is taught today. In order to understand how the twin ideas of canons and canonicity operate in law, each essay focuses on a particular aspect, from contracts and constitutional law to questions of race and gender. The ascendance of law and economics, feminism, critical race theory, and gay legal studies, as well as the increasing influence of both rational-actor methodology and postmodernism, are all scrutinized by the leading scholars in the field.

A timely and comprehensive volume, Legal Canons articulates the need for, and means to, opening the debate on canonicity in legal studies.

Table of Contents

Legal Canons: An Introductionp. 3
Empire or Residue: Competing Visions of the Contractual Canonp. 47
Canons of Property Talk, or, Blackstone's Anxietyp. 66
Vanished from the First Year: Lost Torts and Deep Structures in Tort Lawp. 104
Criminal Lawp. 130
Teaching American Civil Procedure since 1779p. 155
Of Coase and the Canon: Reflections on Law and Economicsp. 184
Race Relations Law in the Canon of Legal Academiap. 211
Recognizing Race in the American Legal Canonp. 238
Feminist Canonp. 266
Homosexuals, Torts, and Dangerous Thingsp. 303
The Constitutional Canonp. 331
The Canon in Constitutional Lawp. 374
Constitutional Canons and Constitutional Thoughtp. 400
Contributorsp. 435
Permissionsp. 437
Indexp. 439
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ISBN: 9780814798577
ISBN-10: 0814798578
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 1st August 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.77