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Critical Introduction to Law


This book challenges the usual introductions to the study of law. It argues that law is inherently political and reflects the interests of the few even while presenting itself as neutral. It considers law as ideology and as politics, and critically assesses its contribution to the creation and maintenance of a globalised and capitalist world.

The clarity of the arguments is admirably suited to provoking discussions of the role of law in our contemporary world. The third edition provides contemporary examples to sustain the arguments in their relevance to the 21st century. The book includes an analysis of the common sense of law; the use of anthropological examples to gain external perspectives of our use and understanding of law; a consideration of central legal concepts, such as order, rules, property, dispute resolution, legitimation and the rule of law; an examination of the role of law in women's subordination; and finally a critique of the effect of our understanding of law upon the wider world.

This book is ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students reading law.

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Weight 0.8200
By Mansell, Thompson & Meteyard
Country of Publication United Kingdom
Dimensions 156 x 234 mm
Edition 3 Rev ed
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781859418925
Pagination 208 pages
Publication Date Jun 24, 2004
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
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