Transitions: Legal Change, Legal Meanings illustrates the various intersections, crises, and shifts that continually occur within the law, and how these moments of change interact with and comment on contemporary society. Together the essays in this volume investigate the transformation of US law during moments of political change and explore what we can learn about law by examining its role and its use in times of transition. Whether by an abrupt shift in regime or an orderly progression from one government to the next, political change often calls into question the stability and versatility of the law, making it appear temporarily absent or in suspension. What challenges to the law arise at these times? To what extent do transitional periods foster ingenuity and resourcefulness, and how might they precipitate crises in legal authority? What do moments of legal change mean for law itself and how legal institutions bring about and respond to times of transition in legal arrangements? Transitions begins the scholarly exploration of these questions that have largely been neglected. Contributors Akhil Reed Amar / William L. Andreen / Jack M. Beermann / Heather Elliott / Joshua Alexander Geltzer / David Gray / Paul Horwitz / Daniel H. Joyner / Nina Mendelson / Meredith Render / Austin Sarat / Ruti Teitel / Lindsey Ohlsson Worth
Austin Sarat is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College and the Justice Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Faculty Scholar at The University of Alabama School of Law. He is the author or editor of more than seventy books on law and society, including Imagining Legality: Where Law Meets Popular Culture, and he is the editor of the journals Law, Culture and the Humanities and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. He also edits the book series Cultural Lives of Law at Stanford University Press.