ADR and Some Thoughts on 'The Social' in Contemporary Legal Thought
Contemporary Legal Thought (eds. Justin Desautels-Stein & Chris Tomlins, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming).
18 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2017 Last revised: 16 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 2, 2017
This chapter describes ADR as a paradigmatic form of contemporary legal thought and suggests that its vision of localized collaborative problem-solving points towards a reconstructed idea of “the social.” This collaborative or relational social strives to collapse what are often considered oppositional logics such as economic exchange and social connection: social relations are put into the service of economic exchange and economic exchange is configured as social relations. This contemporary social, the chapter argues, is politically open-ended and increasingly embedded in the law and economics of today.
Keywords: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), the social, collaborative problem-solving, Duncan Kennedy, rights critique
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