Lex Populi: The Jurisprudence of Popular Culture (The Cultural Lives of Law)

Lex Populi: The Jurisprudence of Popular Culture (The Cultural Lives of Law)

By: William P. MacNeil (author)Hardback

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This is a book about jurisprudence-or legal philosophy. The legal philosophical texts under consideration are-to say the least-unorthodox. Tolkien, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, Legally Blonde, and others are referenced as instances of what the author calls lex populi-"pop law". Here, however, issues of legal philosophy are heavily coded, for few of these pop cultural texts announce themselves as expressly legal. Lex Populi reads these texts "jurisprudentially", with an eye to their hidden legal philosophical meanings, enabling connections such as: Tolkien's Ring as Kelsen's grundnorm; vampire slaying as legal language's semiosis; and Hogwarts as substantively unjust. Lex Populi attempts not only a jurisprudential reading of popular culture, but also a popular rereading of jurisprudence, removing it from the legal experts in order to restore it to the public at large: a lex populi by and for the people.

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William P. MacNeil is Associate Professor of Law at Griffith University.


  @fmct: Contents  @toc4:Acknowledgments iii  List Of Abbreviations iii  @toc2:Introduction: Toward an Intertextual Jurisprudence   1  1. Kidlit as Law 'n Lit: Harry Potter and the Scales of   Justice 000  2. You Slay Me! Buffy as Jurisprude of Desire 000  3. "The First Rule of Fight Club Is--You Do Not Talk About   Fight Club!" The Perverse Core of Legal Positivism   000  4. One Recht to Rule Them All! Law's Empire in the Age of   Empire 000  5. Precrime Never Pays! Law and Economics in Minority   Report 000  6. Critically Blonde: Law School as Training for Hersteria   000  7. "It's the Vibe!" The Common Law Imaginary Down Under   000  8. Million Dollar Terri: "The Culture of Life" and the   Right to Die 000  Conclusion: Whither Lex Populi? A Law by and for the People   000  @toc4:Notes 000  References 000  Index 000

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/02/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780804753678
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 260
  • ID: 9780804753678
  • weight: 476
  • ISBN10: 0804753679

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