From legal biography to legal life writing:broadening conceptions of legal history and socio-legal scholarship

Sugarman, David (2015) From legal biography to legal life writing:broadening conceptions of legal history and socio-legal scholarship. Journal of Law and Society, 42 (1). pp. 7-33. ISSN 0263-323X

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Abstract

This article describes and analyses how legal life writing has grown to embrace a wider range of subjects, sources, and methods – from eminent white male judges to women, minorities, displaced persons, and outsiders – and explains and justifies it as an intellectual project. It considers some of life writing's challenges, shortcomings, and dilemmas, suggesting ways forward. The aim is to advance an important, inter-disciplinary perspective in the making: namely, a more pluralistic, democratic conception of legal life writing, which offers new ways of advancing legal history and socio-legal scholarship, encouraging inter-disciplinary dialogue. It is argued that legal life writing demonstrates the value of historical thinking in comprehending law, politics, and culture; it can also supplement the study of law, helping legal historians and socio-legal scholars to develop new skills and embrace a wider range of participants and audiences, thereby enhancing their ability to engage with public issues and public history.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Law and Society
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89214
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Deposited On:
15 Dec 2017 00:04
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Yes
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Published
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