Chapter 8: Police torture: A case for interdisciplinarity
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Rather than a flag to hoist, around which to assemble, New Legal Realists have a big tent, open to all comers interested to produce genuinely interdisciplinary knowledge about law. Big tents are exciting places to be in, but they can be hard to figure out too: where to look and whom to see? How to translate ideas and findings from one discipline to another? And to what ends? This chapter advocates for the merits of specific and shared matters of concern through which to produce genuinely interdisciplinary forms of knowledge about law. It makes its case via one such matter: torture by the police; a quintessentially legal problem, but also a peculiarly political one, imbricated in questions of public order and the relation of law to violence. Torture by the police is the kind of problem that recommends itself for genuinely interdisciplinary inquiry and translation, which are hallmarks of New Legal Realism, and demands research of actual practices and the ideas that animate them so as to open opportunities for constructive legal and political interventions.

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