Thinking About Legal Culture
Asian Journal of Law and Society, (Cambridge University Press (2014), pp. 1–20, Forthcoming
53 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2014 Last revised: 22 Sep 2014
Date Written: July 15, 2014
This paper addresses the controversial concept of legal culture. It first considers the different meanings of the term and the variety of debates in which it figures. It then goes on to consider difficulties in deciding the units to which the term legal culture is applied, and the problems in using the term in explanations. It concludes by examining the way assumptions about what gives legal culture its coherence have implications for explaining how and when it changes. In each section of the argument an attempt is also made to show the relevance of these questions for this journal as seen in the articles published in its first issue.
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