Power and Legitimacy: Law, Culture, and Literature

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 359 pages

An interdisciplinary analysis of the ways in which symbolic acts create social norms, Power and Legitimacy is an important contribution to the growing body of scholarship on law and literature. Drawing on the theoretical insights of Judith Butler and Pierre Bourdieu, Anne Quéma demonstrates the effect of symbolic violence on the creation of social and political legitimacy.

Examining modern jurisprudence theory, statutory law, and the family within the modern Gothic novel, Quéma shows how the forms and effects of political power transform as one shifts from discourse to discourse. An impressive integration of the scholarship in these three fields, Power and Legitimacy is a thought-provoking analysis of the basis of power and the law.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 Symbolic Power and Legitimacy
22
2 Social Poiesis and Symbolic Power
43
3 Laws Symbolic Power to Legitimize
61
The Political Uncanny
83
5 The Symbolic Power and Violence of Legal Utterances
101
Family Law and Gothic Fiction
119
Patricia Dunckers The Deadly Space Between and the Civil Partnership Act 2004
136
Lesley Glaisters Honour Thy Father and Laws of the Household
163
9 Resistance and Legitimacy
197
10 Making the Law
217
Notes
233
Bibliography
311
Index
343
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About the author (2015)

Anne Quéma is a professor in the Department of English and Theatre at Acadia University.

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