Law and Culture (Recht Und Kultur)

Zürich: Schulthess (ed with Steven Howe). 2015

Posted: 16 Oct 2017

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Jessica C. Lai

Victoria University of Wellington

Date Written: 2015


The question of the relationship between law and culture has long-since been recognised to constitute a vibrant, if still heavily-contested, domain of critical legal and social thought. Where previously scholars were accustomed to treat law as though it were removed from the realm of culture, recent decades have witnessed a growing realisation that legal orders cannot be satisfactorily analysed in isolation from wider social and cultural influences. As a consequence, increasing attention has been – and continues to be – focused on the interplay and entanglements between the two concepts.

The present volume contributes to this current discussion within law and sociolegal studies on the complex nexus between law and culture. In particular, it addresses and assesses the mutually constitutive nature of the relationship – that is to say, the extent to which law might be understood to both shape and be shaped by culture. Embracing a far-reaching, inclusive definition of culture, together with both positivist and non-positivist understandings of law, the volume includes contributions which, taken together, offer a wide-angle view on the manifold connections between law and culture in a broad range of contemporary and historical contexts.

Keywords: law, culture

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Lai, Jessica C., Law and Culture (Recht Und Kultur) (2015). Zürich: Schulthess (ed with Steven Howe). 2015, Available at SSRN:

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