University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
September 14, 2009
THE BLACKWELL COMPANION TO LAW AND SOCIETY, pp. 292-308, A. Sarat, ed., Blackwell, 2005
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/86
This chapter traces the genealogy of risk as a central technology in law and justice, since the turn of the 20th century. It is argued that risk is a highly abstract technology that is capable of taking many forms according to the politics in which it is embedded, and the kinds of problems to which it is applied. While in some fields such as criminology, risk has come to the fore only recently, in civil law - especially tort law - risk has been central since the end of the 19th century, particularly through the influence and place of insurance in providing legal remedies.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: risk, security, government, governmentality, law, policy
JEL Classification: K10, K13, K14, K30
Date posted: September 16, 2009
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