Lex Populi: The Jurisprudence of Popular Culture (The Cultural Lives of Law)
By: William P. MacNeil (author)Paperback
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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.
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
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