Between Law and Culture: Relocating Legal Studies

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Lisa C. Bower, David Theo Goldberg, Michael C. Musheno
U of Minnesota Press, 2001 - Law - 337 pages
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I am tempted to write "typical pomo gibberish". I succumb to the temptation. Unlike the authors I'll try to be brief and clear. You may judge if I succeed. "At first glance, the traveling of identity through time seems naturally consistent, effortless, and without consequence." The subject is "traveling of identity". The verb is "seems". You figure out the object. Translated it means. Things look simple if you don't examine them closely. A rather mundane truism. The writing/thinking doesn't get any more efficient. This is an author [Halualani] these authors [Bower/Goldberg] praise. Haulani's next sentence is "Its movement and collisional encounters guised, identity just "is"." Presumably this is intended to be a profound observation/comment. Reduced to its essentials it says "It is." It is not her fault as this is how she was encouraged to write. But this style of thinking doesn't "kick the can down the road" and rather reminds me of a story of what happens to a person who has one leg shorter than the other who is trapped in a blizzard. They think they are walking in a straight line but the short leg takes them in a circle, then they find footprints and believe they are making progress but alas they will probably die in the storm. 


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David Theo Goldberg is the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the University of California system-wide research facility for the human sciences and theoretical research in the arts. He also holds faculty appointments as Professor of Comparative Literature and of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine, where he is a Fellow of the UCI Critical Theory Institute

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