Law is part of the process by which people construct their views of the world. In Material Law, distinguished scholar John Brigham focuses on the places where law and material life intersect, and how law creates and alters our social reality. Brigham looks at an eclectic group of bodies and things—from maps and territories and trends in courthouse architecture to a woman’s womb and a judge’s body—to make connections between the material and the legal.
Theoretically sophisticated, and consistently fascinating, Material Law integrates law and society, political science, and popular culture in a truly interdisciplinary fashion. Brigham examines how the meaning of law is influenced by politics, reviewing, for example, whether the authority of global law supersedes that of national law in the context of Anglo-American cultural colonialism. What emerges is a well-reasoned look at how the authority of law constitutes what we see as real in our lives.
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About the Author
John Brigham is Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the (American) Law and Society Association and a Fellow of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law. He is the author of The Cult of the Court and Property and the Politics of Entitlement (both Temple).
Table of Contents
PART I: Theorizing Material Life/b>
1. The Map and the Territory
2. The Public in the Womb
3. Habeas Corpus at the Temple
PART II: Constituting Legal Spaces
4. Law’s Neighborhoods
5. De Facto Discrimination and the Double Standard
6. Occupied Territories
PART III: Materializing Law
7. Law Buildings
8. Commodity Form as Law
9. Global Legal Constructs