Contemporary Issues of the Semiotics of Law

Ms. Anne Wagner (Redaktør) ; Tracey Summerfield (Redaktør) ; Farid Samir Benavides Vanegas (Redaktør)

Serie: Onati International Series in Law and Society 13

The law is a symbolic construction and therefore rests on a variety of undertakings. What gives law its meaning is, for some, ideology, for others, the welfare of the majority. However, what is manifest is a conception of the law as a material structure that carries symbols of everyday life. Les mer
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The law is a symbolic construction and therefore rests on a variety of undertakings. What gives law its meaning is, for some, ideology, for others, the welfare of the majority. However, what is manifest is a conception of the law as a material structure that carries symbols of everyday life. The analyses that are made in the law and semiotics movements show that the laws symbolism cannot be understood by reference only to itself, a strictly legal meaning. It is a symbol that conveys life, a symbol that in itself is contaminated with life, politics, morality and so on. Law and Semiotics is an obvious meeting point between traditions, because it is the place where all the discussions about the law can find a common language. This is a collection of different papers where the institution of the law is investigated, in combination with, and as part of, a multiplicity of sign systems. Firstly, law can be understood as part of a global system of meaning (Part I); and, secondly, that despite the homogenising threat of globalisation, the play of legal meaning retains a socio-historical specificity (Part II).
The global issues of human migration, human rights, colonisation and transnational power are played out in local spaces, in the public discourses through which they are given localised representation, in moments of activism, and as a tool of subversion. The law is a rhetorical device which at once constitutes these global and local truths but which is also constituted by them.

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Biographical Notesvii
Introduction: Law's Garden of Forking Paths1(16)




Anne Wagner





Tracey Summerfield





Farid Samir Benavides Vanegas





Part I: The Interpretation and Pertinence of Law in the Global Age

17(108)




Refugee Meanings

19(16)




Ian Duncanson





Citizens, Immigrants, Anarchists and Other Animals

35(22)




Annabelle Mooney





The Dialogistic Nature of Brazil's Arbitration Law 9.307/96

57(14)




Celina Frade





Constitutional `Communarchy': A Constitution with Chinese Characteristics

71(14)




Deborah Cao





The Quest for Certainty in Recent US Constitutional Scholarship: Original Intent and the Practice of Constitutional `Creativity'

85(10)




Frederick P Lewis





Celebrity as Authority in Law

95(18)




John Brigham





Jill Meyers





Writing Around the Censor: Gypsies, Thieves, and Rebels in Early Modern Spain

113(12)




William Pencak





Part II: Cultural and Symbolic Analyses of the Law in Context

125(132)




Subversion in the World of Order: Legal Deconstruction as a Rhetorical Practice

127(14)




Joanna Jemielniak





The Substantive Issue and the Rhetoric of the Abortion Debate in Ireland

141(24)




Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy





Wealth of Terms---Scarcity of Justice? Term Formation in Statutory Definitions

165(14)




Richard Foley





Enduring Signs and Obscure Meanings: Contested Coats of Arms in Australian Jurisdictions

179(18)




Richard Mohr





Critical Race Reggae: The Sound of a Narrative

197(16)




Aaron RS Lorenz





Cromer's Olde England and the Dome's New Britain: Two Same/Different Imageries of the Law of Britain's Empire

213(18)




Ronnie Lippens





Law in the Age of Images: The Challenge of Visual Literacy

231(26)




Christina O Spiesel





Richard K Sherwin





Neal Feigenson

Selected Bibliography257(10)
Index267

Om forfatteren

Anne Wagner is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics affiliated with the Universit du Littoral, Cote d'Opale, France. Tracey Summerfield is at the School of Law, Murdoch University, Australia. Farid Samir Benavides Vanegas is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts.