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Editorial Introduction

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pp. 1-20

The first two volumes of the Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought surveyed the majesty and monstrosity of law and speculated about its future and its fate.1 They considered the impact of feminism and postmodernism on law and legal theory and attended to the nature...

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Beyond the Great Divide: Forms of Legal Scholarship and Everyday Life

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pp. 21-61

Studies of law and society in general and of law and everyday life in particular divide fairly sharply into two distinct perspectives, the instrumental and the constitutive.1 They differ from each other largely in what they take to be the principal means by which law affects society: whether (roughly) by imposing external sanctions and inducements or by shaping internal...

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Abigail Bailey's Coverture: Law in a Married Woman's Consciousness

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pp. 63-108

It is now nearly forty-five years since the publication of Mary Beard's neglected classic, Woman as Force in History. In that time the field of women's history has grown up, a field whose reason for being is to challenge, as Beard did, "the haunting idea" of conventional history...

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Reflections on Law in the Everyday Life of Women

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pp. 109-122

For most women, life is little but everyday, a constant cycle of minutiae with few landmarks or dramatic demarcations of time, a litany of needs served but never satisfied, time spent but seldom occupied, lines drawn that, like the horizon, recede on approach. Across time and culture, and...

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Law in the Domains of Everyday Life: The Construction of Community and Difference

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pp. 123-170

As I sit at my desk and write, workers are building a new room at the back of our house. In what was open and undefined outdoor space, they frame and enclose an area with wood, then shingles, brick, and drywall. The space within the walls and roof is shaped, warmed, lighted, colored, and committed to a specific purpose. The walls mark out boundaries...

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Law and Everyday Life

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pp. 171-190

On the front of the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, D.C., there is a big sign that reads: "A Drug Free America: The Right Choice:' There is something boldly epigrammatic about this sign, stern yet permissive, tersely delivered as though by the Marlboro Man. This call to chosen sobriety suggests vague tests of mettle, images of ultimate...

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Autumn Weekends: An Essay on Law and Everyday Life

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pp. 191-235

I was asked to write an essay on law and everyday life shortly before departing for Lisbon to attend the establishment of the International Jurists Platform on East Timor. I completed the draft several weeks later after returning from a trip to Madrid for a meeting of the Academic Council of the Royal Complutense College, established some months previously...

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Mass Toxic Torts and the End of Everyday Life

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pp. 237-274

While the idea of everyday life has provided an essential reference in modern social theory and legal discourse, it has nonetheless remained somewhat intractable. Such an irony is the key concern of this paper, which argues that it is precisely the reliance of social theory on certain assumptions about everyday life that has made it unable to encompass or domesticate for intellectual...

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INDEX

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pp. 277-285