Law in Everyday Life

Austin Sarat and Thomas R. Kearns, Editors
An exploration of law's place in everyday life and the influence of everyday life on the law


Contributors include David Engel, Hendrik Hartog, Thomas R. Kearns, David Kennedy, Catharine MacKinnon, George Marcus, Austin Sarat, and Patricia Williams.

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, and Chair of the Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College.

Thomas R. Kearns is William H. Hastie Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College.

Praise / Awards

  • "The subject of law in everyday life is timely in theory and in practice. The essays collected here are stimulating for the very different ways in which they reconfigure the meanings of 'the law' as cultural practice, and 'the everyday' as a cultural domain in which the state expresses a range of interests and engagements. Readers looking for an introduction to this topic will come away from the book with a clear sense of the varied voices and modes of inquiry now involved in sociolegal studies, and what distinguishes them. More experienced readers will appreciate the book's meticulous reconsideration of the instrumentalities, agencies, and constructedness of law."
    —Carol Greenhouse, Indiana University
  • "Sarat and Kearns . . . have edited a truly marvelous work on the impact of the law on daily life and vice versa. . . . the essays are all exemplary, thought- provoking works worthy of a long, contemplative read by scholars, lawyers, and judges alike."

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Editorial Introduction
Austin Sarat and Thomas R. Kearns - 1

Beyond the Great Divide: Forms of Legal Scholarship and Everyday Life
Austin Sarat and Thomas R. Kearns - 21

Abigail Bailey's Coverture: Law in a Married Woman's Consciousness
Hendrik Hartog - 63

Reflections on Law in the Everyday Life of Women
Catharine A. MacKinnon - 109

Law in the Domains of Everyday Life: The Construction of Community and Difference
David M. Engel - 123

Law and Everyday Life
Patricia J. Williams - 171

Autumn Weekends: An Essay on Law and Everyday Life
David Kennedy - 191

Mass Toxic Torts and the End of Everyday Life
George E. Marcus - 237

Contributors - 275

Index - 277

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 296pp.
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  • Paper
  • 1995
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  • 978-0-472-08345-9

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