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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

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The Cultural Lives of Law

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pp. 1-20

The concept of culture is troublingly vague and, at the same time, hotly contested, and law's relation to culture is as complex, varied, and disputed as the concept itself. Against this background, Law in the Domains of Culture brings the insights and approaches of cultural studies to law and tries to secure for law a place in cultural analysis.1 This book is, ...

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Contingent Articulations: A Critical Cultural Studies of Law

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pp. 21-64

The relationship between law and culture should not be defined. Law and culture(s) emerge conceptually as autonomous realms in Enlightenment and Romantic imaginaries; they share a parallel trajectory in ideologies that legitimate and naturalize bourgeois class power and global European hegemonies. Historical recognitions of the Eurocentric, ...

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The Cultural Work of Copyright: Legislating Authorship in Britain, 1837–1842

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pp. 65-96

A bill is pending in the United States Congress to extend copyright protection from the present term of an author's life plus fifty years to life plus seventy years postmortem.1 The Senate committee handling the bill, the Judiciary Committee, is chaired by Orrin Hatch, and one of the expert witnesses he invited to testify several months ago on September...

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Law and the Order of Popular Culture

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pp. 97-119

Explanations for the appeal of trials tend to focus on the crime or the punishment and run along psychosexual lines. In crime scenarios, the argument goes, we can indulge all manner of perverse fantasies, but safely, under the cloak of law and order. Following Foucault, who saw in the fascination with trials a displaced fascination with torture, we speak of our engagement with the punishment and the processes of...

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Cinema Scopes: Evolution, Media, and the Law

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pp. 121-159

The "world's most famous court trial" attracted media attention and headlines from around the globe. Radio and print journalists, photographers, and movie camera crews swelled the crowd and provided economic benefits to the community, since they needed hotel rooms, food services, and sundries. Potential jurors vied with one another for a coveted...

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Clint Eastwood and Equity: Popular Culture's Theory of Revenge

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pp. 161-202

Revenge is not a publicly admissible motive for individual action. Church, state, and reason all line up against it. Officially revenge is thus sinful to the theologian, illegal to the prince, and irrational to the economist (it defies the rule of sunk costs). Order and peace depend upon its extirpation; salvation and rational political and economic arrangements...

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Components of Cultural Justice

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pp. 203-228

Most of us are familiar with concepts like social justice, environmental justice, economic justice, and racial justice. They spring readily to the lips of activists and reformers, even some legislators. If pushed, most of us could probably produce a thumbnail sketch or working definition of such concepts. Some are even invoked by name in attempted legislation—viz. the Racial Justice Act, attached...

Contributors

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p. 229

Index

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pp. 231-241