Eyes of the Law: A Visual Turn in Socio‐Legal Studies?

18 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2017

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Linda Mulcahy

London School of Economics - Law Department

Date Written: October 2017


A number of sub‐disciplines have emerged in recent years with the specific goal of examining the visual dynamics of academic fields of inquiry. The turn to the visual masks a multitude of meanings about the significance of the image, ranging from new ways of defining a field of inquiry, to what constitutes legitimate sources for research or discussions of image production or visual prompts as a data collection method. This article asks what it means for socio‐legal scholars to engage with the image and the opportunity it might provide us with to see what law looks like from the perspective of law's subjects. These might include art installations in galleries, images of the places where justice is administered as well as photographs created by those who are subjected to legal regulation. In addition to a written essay I offer up three visual essays which can be read and contemplated with or without the written text which accompanies them.

Suggested Citation

Mulcahy, Linda, Eyes of the Law: A Visual Turn in Socio‐Legal Studies? (October 2017). Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 44, pp. S111-S128, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3065002 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jols.12052

Linda Mulcahy (Contact Author)

London School of Economics - Law Department ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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