Are lawyers, by their very nature, agents of the state, of
capital, of institutions of power? Or are there ways in which they
can work constructively or transformatively for the disempowered,
the working class, the underprivileged?
Lawyers in a Postmodern World explores how lawyers actively
create the forms of power which they and others deploy. Through
engaging case studies, the book examines how lawyers work within
and for powerful institutions and provides suggestions--both
general and practical--for ways in which the practice of law can be
made to work with and for the powerless.
Individuals chapters address such subjects as the contradictions
of radical law practice; legal work in South Africa; the economics
and politics of negotiating justice; feminist legal scholarship and
women's gendered lives; the overlapping worlds of law, business,
and politics; theories of legal practice; and how lawyers are
constitutive of gender relations.
Contributing to the book are Maureen Cain (University of West
Indies), Yves Dezalay (Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique, France), Martha Fineman (Columbia University), Sue
Lees (University of North London), Doreen McBarnet (Wolfson
College, Oxford), Frank Munger (SUNY, Buffalo), Wilfried Scharf
(University of Cape Town), Stuart Scheingold (University of
Washington), David Sugarman (Lancaster University), and Sally
Wheeler (University of Nottingham).
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