An important book that urges us to ask about the usefulness of metaphors of place in the design of legal regulation
It has long been standard practice in legal studies to identify the place of law within the social order. And yet, as The Place of Law suggests, the meaning of the concept of "the place of law" is not self-evident.
This book helps us see how the law defines territory and attempts to keep things in place; it shows how law can be, and is, used to create particular kinds of places -- differentiating, for example, individual property from public land. And it looks at place as a metaphor that organizes the way we see the world. This important new book urges us to ask about the usefulness of metaphors of place in the design of legal regulation.
Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College.
Lawrence Douglas is Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College.
Martha Merrill Umphrey is Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College.