Research Handbook on Critical Legal Theory
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Research Handbook on Critical Legal Theory

Edited by Emilios Christodoulidis, Ruth Dukes and Marco Goldoni

Critical theory, characteristically linked with the politics of theoretical engagement, covers the manifold of the connections between theory and praxis. This thought-provoking Research Handbook captures the broad range of those connections as far as legal thought is concerned and retains an emphasis both on the politics of theory, and on the notion of theoretical engagement. The first part examines the question of definition and tracks the origins and development of critical legal theory along its European and North American trajectories. The second part looks at the thematic connections between the development of legal theory and other currents of critical thought such as; Feminism, Marxism, Critical Race Theory, varieties of post-modernism, as well as the various ‘turns’ (ethical, aesthetic, political) of critical legal theory. The third and final part explores particular fields of law, addressing the question how the field has been shaped by critical legal theory, or what critical approaches reveal about the field, with the clear focus on opportunities for social transformation.
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Chapter 14: Law in the mirror of critique: a report to an academy

Kyle McGee


This chapter addresses the general problem of critique, and of legal critique in particular, in the register of attachments to worlds. It dismisses the notion that legal critique has met its demise but suggests instead that critical legal scholars too often forget that their standards are unstable fabrications constituted by and bound to specific chains of nonlegal associations, that their reports too are local, transient and inexorably subject to the power of their successors, and that critique enjoys no real distance from its objects but rather lives in their midst. If conditions have changed – if the liberal political economy or the modern naturalist cosmology have vanished, if entirely new distributions of agency and sensibility have come into being as a result of technoscientific, aesthetic, political, or other innovations, if the problem of the transcendent Form of Law has given way to a proliferation of fragile jurimorphs – we could be forgiven, it argues, for asking whether existing models of legal critique remain relevant.

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