Law as Story: A Civic Concept of Law
Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Vol. 18, pp. 603-650, 2009
48 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2009
Date Written: November, 18 2009
This article introduces a social constructionist civic concept of law, which emphasizes the story nature of law and the fact that as a complex social system law emerges from and is grounded in collaborative communications among citizens. In this view, if the law-story reflects the stories of a broad range of those for whom it purports to speak and acknowledges their agency in enacting it, it is more likely to be embraced by that community.
In applying the law-as-story complex social system approach to law to the doctrinal issue of political gerrymandering, the article explores the concept of voice - individuals making meaningful contributions to the law-story. In applying the approach to the doctrinal issue of race-based K-12 educational initiatives, the article illuminates the idea of resonance, the complement of voice, which captures the process of the law-story coming back to the individuals within a community.
Keywords: law-as-story, constructionist, concept of voice, story
JEL Classification: K40
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