Social Architecture and the Law: Law, Through the Lens of Religion

19 Pages Posted: 16 May 2013

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Lorin Geitner

Claremont Graduate University

Date Written: May 10, 2013


How can we account for the differing popular images of attorney in various countries? One way of doing so may be to bring a paradigm developed in religious studies to examine the most publically accessible and prototypical venue for attorneys, the courtroom. Specifically, applying the model of critical spatial studies developed by Lefebvre and Soja in order to examine religious ritual space to bear on a different kind of ritual space, the courtroom, its structure, organization, and use may illuminate both societal understandings of how the law relates to the citizen, but also inform the differing perception and status of lawyers in the United States, Britain, and China.

Keywords: Law, religion, critical spatial studies, post-modernism, comparative jurisprudence

Suggested Citation

Geitner, Lorin C., Social Architecture and the Law: Law, Through the Lens of Religion (May 10, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

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