Introduction - Reading Modern Law: Critical Methodologies and Sovereign Formations

Reading Modern Law: Critical Methodologies and Sovereign Formations (Routledge, 2012) (edited with Ruth Buchanan and Stewart Motha)

14 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2016 Last revised: 17 May 2016

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Sundhya Pahuja

Melbourne Law School

Ruth Buchanan

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Stewart Motha

University of Kent - Kent Law School

Date Written: June 1, 2012

Abstract

Reading Modern Law identifies and elaborates upon key critical methodologies for reading and writing about law in modernity. The force of law rests on determinate and localizable authorizations, as well as an expansive capacity to encompass what has not been pre-figured by an order of rules. The key question this dynamic of law raises is how legal forms might be deployed to confront and disrupt injustice. The urgency of this question must not eclipse the care its complexity demands. This book offers a critical methodology for addressing the many challenges thrown up by that question, whilst testifying to its complexity. The essays in this volume - engagements direct or oblique, with the work of Peter Fitzpatrick - chart a mode of resisting the proliferation of social scientific methods, as much as geo-political empire. The authors elaborate a critical and interdisciplinary treatment of law and modernity, and outline the pivotal role of sovereignty in contemporary formations of power, both national and international. From various overlapping vantage points, therefore, Reading Modern Law interrogates law's relationship to power, as well as its relationship to the critical work of reading and writing about law in modernity.

Suggested Citation

Pahuja, Sundhya and Buchanan, Ruth and Motha, Stewart, Introduction - Reading Modern Law: Critical Methodologies and Sovereign Formations (June 1, 2012). Reading Modern Law: Critical Methodologies and Sovereign Formations (Routledge, 2012) (edited with Ruth Buchanan and Stewart Motha). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2749462

Sundhya Pahuja (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School ( email )

University of Melbourne
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia
+61 3 8344 7102 (Phone)

Ruth Buchanan

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Stewart Motha

University of Kent - Kent Law School ( email )

Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NS
United Kingdom

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