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Imaginary Boundaries of Justice

Social and Legal Justice across Disciplines

Editor(s): Ronnie Lippens
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Published: 14-01-2005
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 256
ISBN: 9781841134741
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £80.00
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About Imaginary Boundaries of Justice

It has become increasingly difficult to speak or even think social or legal justice in an age when words have left their moorings. Perhaps images are more stable than words; maybe images and imagery possess a certain viscosity,even a sensory quality, which prevents them from evaporating. This 'maybe' is what this book is about. The contributors to this collection explore the issue of how the Imaginary (images, imagery, imagination) has a role in the production and reproduction of 'visions' of legal and social justice. It argues that 'visions' of justice are inevitably bounded. Boundaries of 'visions' of justice, however, are also 'imaginary'. They emerge within imaginary spaces, and, as they are 'imaginary', they are inherently unstable. The book captures an emerging interest (in the humanities and social sciences) in images and the visual, or the Imaginary more broadly.

This collection will appeal to scholars and students of social and legal theory, visual culture, justice and governance studies, media studies, and criminology.

Table Of Contents

IMAGINARY. BOUNDARY. JUSTICE (Ronnie Lippens, Keele University)
THOUGHT'S PRISON : AN IMAGE OF IMAGES (Louis Wolcher, University of Washington)
JUST WAITING. ENDLESS DEFERRAL AND THE SOCIAL INJUSTICE OF 'SUSPENDING' PARTICIPANTS BETWEEN BIDDING AND EVALUATION. (Rolland Munro, Keele University)
BOUNDARIES OF EXCLUSIONS PAST: THE MEMORY OF WASTE (Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, University of Westminster)
THE SPACES OF IRONY (Claire Valier, Birkbeck College)
THE SUBJECT OF SURVEILLANCE: NOTES ON MANN'S 'HEAT' AND KIESLOWSKI'S 'THREE COLOURS: RED' (Richard Jones, Edinburgh University)
MAKE MY DAY : IMAGES OF MASCULINITY AND THE PSYCHO-DYNAMICS OF MASS INCARCERATION (Simon Hallsworth, London Metropolitan University)
IMAGINING JUSTICE AT THE CRADLE OF MODERNITY (Ronnie Lippens, Keele University)
OBSERVING VICTIMS. GLOBAL INSECURITIES AND THE SYSTEMIC IMAGINATION OF JUSTICE IN WORLD SOCIETY (Claudius Messner, Universita di Lecce)

Reviews

“...contains some excellent individual essays, all of which are well integrated into the overall theme and structure of the book…a very useful text for students of the law, legal philosophy and visual culture.” –  Ben Golder, The Modern Law Review, Vol 69, No 1

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