Sez Who? Critical Legal History Without a Privileged Position

Forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Historical Legal Research, Markus D. Dubber and Christopher Tomlins, editors

University at Buffalo School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-039

19 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2017 Last revised: 11 Apr 2017

John Henry Schlegel

University at Buffalo Law School

Date Written: April 6, 2017

Abstract

Scholars active in the Critical Legal Studies movement of the 1980s regularly attacked the scholarship of liberal legalist scholars by using a variety of then contemporary epistemological theories that argued for the impossibility of any observer attaining a neutral position from which to observe social activities. Somewhat surprisingly, liberal legalist scholars seldom turned this criticism back at the work of CLS scholars who themselves never criticized their own work as they did that of other scholars. The examination of several pieces of CLS inspired history of labor law shows how engaging in such self-criticism might have further strengthened this very strong body of scholarship.

Keywords: Critical Legal Studies, U.S. labor history, U.S. economic history, capitalism, epistemology

Suggested Citation

Schlegel, John Henry, Sez Who? Critical Legal History Without a Privileged Position (April 6, 2017). Forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Historical Legal Research, Markus D. Dubber and Christopher Tomlins, editors; University at Buffalo School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-039. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2947919

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