Comparative Law as Critique

Comparative Law as Critique

Elgar Studies in Legal Theory

Günter Frankenberg

This book presents a critique of conventional ways to do comparative law. The author argues that, for comparative law to qualify as a discipline, comparatists must reflect on how and why they compare. The author discusses not only methods and theories, but also the ethical implications and the politics of comparative law.

Chapter 8: Thick comparison?

Günter Frankenberg

Subjects: law - academic, comparative law, law and society, legal theory


In the closing remarks, narrativity is re-considered as one of the crucial elements of ‘thick comparison.’ The author moves to the intersection of detachment/commitment and similarity/difference in order to look for the answer to the question of how the quite-different can be brought near enough and at the same time kept far away.

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