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Justice as Translation: An Essay in Cultural and Legal Criticism

WHITE, James Boyd

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ISBN 10: 0226894959 / ISBN 13: 9780226894959
Published by The University Of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1990
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First edition, first printing with full number line on copyright page. A scholarly work by University of Michigan law and English language/literature professor which examines the literary meanings of legal and cultural texts in this literary criticism. --- In grey paper-covered boards backed in charcoal cloth, w/titling silver-stamped on spine. In simple grey and black dust jacket. --- A clean, firm, undamaged copy in similar jacket.; tall 8vo 9" - 10" tall; xviii, 313 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 78930

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Title: Justice as Translation: An Essay in Cultural...

Publisher: The University Of Chicago Press, Chicago

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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White extends his conception of United States law as a constitutive rhetoric shaping American legal culture that he proposed in When Words Lose Their Meaning, and asks how Americans can and should criticize this culture and the texts it creates. In determining if a judicial opinion is good or bad, he explores the possibility of cultural criticism, the nature of conceptual language, the character of economic and legal discourse, and the appropriate expectations for critical and analytic writing. White employs his unique approach by analyzing individual cases involving the Fourth Amendment of the United States constitution and demonstrates how a judge translates the facts and the legal tradition, creating a text that constructs a political and ethical community with its readers.

"White has given us not just a novel answer to the traditional jurisprudential questions, but also a new way of reading and evaluating judicial opinions, and thus a new appreciation of the liberty which they continue to protect."—Robin West, Times Literary Supplement

"James Boyd White should be nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court, solely on the strength of this book. . . . Justice as Translation is an important work of philosophy, yet it is written in a lucid, friendly style that requires no background in philosophy. It will transform the way you think about law."—Henry Cohen, Federal Bar News & Journal

"White calls us to rise above the often deadening and dreary language in which we are taught to write professionally. . . . It is hard to imagine equaling the clarity of eloquence of White's challenge. The apparently effortless grace of his prose conveys complex thoughts with deceptive simplicity."—Elizabeth Mertz, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities

"Justice as Translation, like White's earlier work, provides a refreshing reminder that the humanities, despite the pummelling they have recently endured, can be humane."—Kenneth L. Karst, Michigan Law Review

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