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Sarat, Austin

Works: 431 works in 2,453 publications in 2 languages and 172,946 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Trials, litigation, etc  Trial and arbitral proceedings  Cross-cultural studies  Popular works  Law for laypersons  History  Periodicals 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, htt, Translator, Publishing director, Creator, Contributor, edc, Author of introduction
Classifications: KF9227.C2, 340.1
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Most widely held works by Austin Sarat
Studies in law, politics, and society by Austin Sarat( )

159 editions published between 1993 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 5,804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This special issue of Studies in Law, Politics and Society contains two sections. In the first, 'Religious Inspirations and Legal Responses', contributors examine the interaction between law and religion. They consider the liberal tradition in which the law stands in stark opposition to religion, as well as traditions in which the law is inseparable from the sacred, revealing the complex and often controversial relationship between law and religion. Case studies include religious education, Sharia debates in Australia, Canada and the U.K., and same-sex marriage in the U.S. The second section, 'Law and Social Change: Old Questions, New Answers', examines the ways in which the law simultaneously enhances and inhibits projects of social change. The varied ways in which legal institutions respond to social movements are analyzed, along with the cultural contingencies associated with law's ability to promote change, and what we can learn about law and social change by examining societies across the globe. Case studies include refugee and asylum seeker detention and the political risks of litigation in the U.S."-- Back cover
The killing state : capital punishment in law, politics, and culture by Austin Sarat( )

35 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 3,844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Killing State: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics, and Culture explores what it means when the state kills and what it means for citizens to live in a killing state, helping us understand why America clings tenaciously to a punishment that has been abandoned by every other industrialized democracy." "Edited by a leading figure in socio-legal studies, this book brings together the work of ten scholars, including recognized experts on the death penalty and noted scholars writing about it for the first time."--Jacket
Cause lawyering : political commitments and professional responsibilities by Austin Sarat( )

21 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 2,711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why do some lawyers devote themselves to a given social movement or political cause? How are such commitments justified, given the ideals of disinterested professional service to which lawyers are (in theory, at least) supposed to adhere? What can we learn from such lawyers about the relationship between law and politics? Cause Lawyering is a varied and provocative collection of responses to these questions, featuring the work of several distinguished legal scholars. These essays explore the relationship between cause lawyering and the organized legal professions of many different countries: Brazil, England, Indonesia, Israel, South Africa, and the U.S., among others. They describe the utility of law as a resource in political struggles and, conversely, highlight the constraints under which lawyers operate when they turn to politics. Some provide broad theoretical overviews, others present rich case studies, and all will appeal to students and professionals interested in law and society."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Race, law, and culture : reflections on Brown v. Board of Education by Austin Sarat( )

21 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and French and held by 2,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Race, Law, and Culture, Austin Sarat and others take the continuing controversy about race in law and culture as an invitation to revisit Brown and use this case as a lens through which to view that controversy and the issues involved in it. Revealing how Brown is implicated in America's persistent uncertainties about race, the essays in this book address crucial questions about race, law, and culture in contemporary America, such as: What were the legal and cultural visions contained in Brown? How have those visions been articulated in other legal struggles? Why does the subject of race continue to haunt the American imagination? Bringing together an unusual array of leading scholars, this readable and provocative work provides an important perspective from which to view questions of race in modern America
Life without parole : America's new death penalty? by Charles J Ogletree( )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 2,362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is life without parole the perfect compromise to the death penalty? Or is it as ethically fraught as capital punishment? This comprehensive, interdisciplinary anthology treats life without parole as 'the new death penalty.' Editors Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Austin Sarat bring together original work by prominent scholars in an effort to better understand the growth of life without parole and its social, cultural, political, and legal meanings. What justifies the turn to life imprisonment? How should we understand the fact that this penalty is used disproportionately against racial minorities? What are the most promising avenues for limiting, reforming, or eliminating life without parole sentences in the United States? Contributors explore the structure of life without parole sentences and the impact they have on prisoners, where the penalty fits in modern theories of punishment, and prospects for reform"--Back cover
Human rights : concepts, contests, contingencies by Austin Sarat( )

28 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 2,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Human Rights: Concepts, Contests, Contingencies brings together essays that attend to both the allure and criticism of human rights. They examine contestation and contingency in today's human rights politics and help us rethink some of the basic concepts of human rights." "In exploring a crucial and timely topic, this additional volume in the Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought will enlighten the reader to the social and intellectual currents surrounding human rights."--Jacket
Lives in the law( )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 2,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays look at the consequences that legal practice has on the lives of its practitioners as well as on the individual legal subject and on the shape of shared identities. These essays challenge liberal and communitarian notions of what it means to live the law. In the first of the essays, Pnina Lahav presents a study of the Chicago Seven Trial to paint a picture of the law's power to serve as a site for the definition of a collective group identity. In contrast, Sarah Gordon focuses on the experience of an individual legal subject, namely, the defendant in the Hester Vaughn trial, a notorious nineteenth-century case of infanticide. Frank Munger looks at how law constructs the identity of women and explores the strategies by which poor women resist the law's construction of their dependency. In the fourth essay, Vicki Schultz offers a moral vision of equality that straddles the liberal and communitarian positions with her articulation of the concept of a "life's work." Lastly, Annette Wieviorka examines the recent trial of Maurice Papon for complicity in crimes against humanity to reveal how the very identity of a nation--in this case, France--can be defined through juridical and legal acts. Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College. Lawrence Douglas is Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College. Martha Umphrey is Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College
Identities, politics, and rights by Austin Sarat( )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 2,263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recognizing that political disputes throughout the world have increasingly been cast as arguments about rights, the essays in this volume examine the varied roles that rights play in political movements and contests. They argue that rights talk is used by many different groups primarily because of its fluidity. Certainly rights can empower individuals and protect them from their societies, but they also constrain them in other areas. Frequently, empowerment for one group means disabling rights for another group. Moreover, focusing on rights can both liberate and limit the imagination of the possible. By alerting us to this paradox of rights - empowerment and limitation - Identities, Politics, and Rights illuminates the ongoing challenges to rights and reminds us that rights can both energize political engagement and provide a resource for defenders of the status quo
Law's madness( )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 2,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Law and madness? Madness, it seems, exists outside the law and, in principle, society struggles to keep these slippery terms separate. From this perspective, madness appears to be law's foil, the chaos that escapes law's control and simultaneously justifies its existence. Law's Madness explores the gray area between the realms of reason and madness. The distinguished contributors to Law's Madness propose a fascinating interdisciplinary approach to the instability and mutual permeability of law and madness. Their essays examine a variety of discursive forms-from the literary to the historical to the psychoanalytic-in which law is driven more by narrative than by reason. Their studies delineate the ways in which the law takes its definition in part from that which it excludes, suppresses, or excises from itself, illuminating the drive to enforce barriers between non-reason and legality, while simultaneously shedding new light on the constitutive force of the irrational in legal doctrine. Law's Madness suggests that the tense and paradoxical relationship between law and madness is precisely what erects and sustains law. This provocative collection asks what must be forgotten in order to uphold the rule of law. Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. Lawrence Douglas is Associate 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
Pain, death, and the law by Austin Sarat( )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 2,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays examines the relationship between pain, death, and the law and addresses the question of how the law constructs pain and death as jurisprudential facts. The empirical focus of these essays enables the reader to delve into both the history and the theoretical complexities of the pain-death-law relationship. The combination of the theoretical and the empirical broadens the contribution this volume will undoubtedly make to debates in which the right to live or die is the core issue at hand. This volume will be an important read for policy makers and legal practitioners and a valuable text for courses in law, the social sciences, and the humanities. Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College
The place of law( )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 2,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays in The Place of Law speak to the role of place in our understanding of law. The contributors treat place as more than geographical fact - calling attention to the ways in which localized cultures are expressed in legal norms, inquiring about new spaces within which legal authority is being deployed, and examining the interactions between law and the process of globalization
Law's violence by Austin Sarat( )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The relationship between law and violence is made familiar to us in vivid pictures of police beating suspects, in the large and growing prison population, and in the tenacious attachment to capital punishment in the United States. Yet the general link between law and violence and the ways that law manages to impose pain and death while remaining aloof and unstained are an unexplored mystery. Each essay in this volume considers the question of how violence done by and in the name of the law differs from illegal or extralegal violence or, indeed, if they differ at all. Each author draws on a distinctive disciplinary tradition - literature, history, anthropology, philosophy, political science, or law - yet each reminds us that law, constituted in response to the metaphorical violence of the state of nature, is itself a doer of literal violence
Cultural pluralism, identity politics, and the law by Austin Sarat( )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 2,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays in Cultural Pluralism, Identity Politics, and the Law, written by scholars from a variety of disciplines and theoretical inclinations, challenge orthodox understandings of the nature of identity politics and contemporary debates about separatism and assimilation. They ask us to think seriously about the ways law has been, and continues to be, implicated in these debates. The essays address questions about the challenges posed for notions of legal justice and procedural fairness by cultural pluralism and identity politics; the role played by law in structuring the terms on which recognition, accommodation, and inclusion are accorded to groups in the United States; and how much accepted notions of law are defined by an ideal of integration and assimilation."--BOOK JACKET
The cultural lives of capital punishment : comparative perspectives by Austin Sarat( )

14 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 2,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dissent in dangerous times by Austin Sarat( )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While dissent has played a central role in our national history and in the American cultural imagination, it is usually dangerous to those who practice it, and always unpalatable to its targets. War does not encourage the tolerance of opposition at home any more than it does on the front: if the War on Terror is to be a permanent war, then the consequences for American political freedoms cannot be overestimated. The contributors examine the role of political opposition in our times, the nature of political repression in liberal societies, the political and legal implications of fear, and how past generations responded to similar situations. From publisher description
History, memory, and the law( )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 2,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation The essays in this book examine law as an active participant in the process through which history is written and memory is constructed. Instead of seeing law as a "victim" of history, the writers treat law as an author of history, not just in the instrumental sense in which law can be said to make a difference in society, but in the ways that law constructs and uses history. Law looks to the past as it speaks to present needs. In the production of judicial opinions--supposedly definitive statements of what the law is--judges reconstruct law's past, tracing out lines of legal precedent that arguably "compel" their decisions. These essays consider how law treats history, how history appears in legal decisions, and how the authority of history is used to authorize legal decisions. Furthermore, law plays a role in the construction of memory. The writers here ask how law remembers and records the past as well as how it helps us to remember our past. Law in the modern era is one of the most important of our society's technologies for preserving memory. In helping to construct our memory in certain ways law participates in the writing of our collective history. It plays a crucial role in knitting together our past, present, and future. The essays in this volume present grounded examinations of particular problems, places, and practices and address the ways in which memory works in and through law, the sites of remembrance that law provides, the battles against forgetting that are fought in and around those sites, and the resultant role law plays in constructing history. The writers also inquire about the way history is mobilized in legal decision making, the rhetorical techniques for marshalling and for overcoming precedent, and the different histories that are written in and through the legal process. The contributors are Joan Dayan, Soshana Felman, Dominic La Capra, Reva Siegel, Brook Thomas, and G. Edward White. Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College. He is past President of the Law and Society Association and current President of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. Thomas R. Kearns is William H. Hastie Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College
When governments break the law : the rule of law and the prosecution of the Bush administration by Austin Sarat( )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 2,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Law in everyday life by Austin Sarat( )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sarat and Kearns ... have edited a truly marvelous work on the impact of the law on daily life and vice versa. ... the essays are all exemplary, thought- provoking works worthy of a long, contemplative read by scholars, lawyers, and judges alike. --Choice "The subject of law in everyday life is timely in theory and in practice. The essays collected here are stimulating for the very different ways in which they reconfigure the meanings of 'the law' as cultural practice, and 'the everyday' as a cultural domain in which the state expresses a range of interests and engagements. Readers looking for an introduction to this topic will come away from the book with a clear sense of the varied voices and modes of inquiry now involved in sociolegal studies, and what distinguishes them. More experienced readers will appreciate the book's meticulous reconsideration of the instrumentalities, agencies, and constructedness of law."--Carol Greenhouse, Indiana University Contributors include David Engel, Hendrik Hartog, Thomas R. Kearns, David Kennedy, Catharine MacKinnon, George Marcus, Austin Sarat, and Patricia Williams. Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, and Chair of the Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College. Thomas R. Kearns is William H. Hastie Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College
Justice and injustice in law and legal theory by Austin Sarat( )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 1,989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Running through the history of jurisprudence and legal theory is a recurring concern about the connections between law and justice and about the ways law is implicated in injustice. In earlier times law and justice were viewed as virtually synonymous. However, experience has taught us that injustice may in fact be supported by law. Nonetheless, the belief remains that justice is the special concern of law. Commentators from Plato to Derrida have called law to account in the name of justice, asked that law provide a language of justice, and demanded that it promote the attainment of justice. They have done so in abstract language as if the demands of justice could only be apprehended accurately outside of history and context. The justice that is usually spoken about is elusive, if not illusory, and disconnected from the embodied practice of law."--BOOK JACKET. "Furthermore, the very meaning of justice, especially as it relates to law, is in dispute. Justice may refer to distributional issues or it may involve primarily procedural questions, impartiality in judgment, or punishment and recompense. The considerable disagreement over the meaning of justice suggests to some that we lack a full and coherent account of justice. This uncertainty does not mean that justice necessarily should be jettisoned from legal discourse. Rather, we are reminded of the vastness of the relationship of law and justice, of the difficulty of constructing a single account capable of holding together its many strands, and of the space that exists to theorize anew about justice and injustice in law and legal theory."--BOOK JACKET. "The essays collected in Justice and Injustice in Law and Legal Theory seek to remedy this uncertainty about the meaning of justice and its disembodied quality by embedding inquiry about justice in an examination of law's daily practices, its institutional arrangements, and its engagement with particular issues at particular moments in time. The essays examine the relationship between law and justice and injustice in specific issues and practices and, in doing so, make the question of justice come alive as a concrete political question. They draw on the disciplines of history, law, anthropology, and political science."--BOOK JACKET
Imagining new legalities : privacy and its possibilities in the 21st century by Austin Sarat( )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2020 in English and held by 1,983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La 4e de couverture indique : "Imagining New Legalities reminds us that examining the right to privacy and the public/private distinction is an important way of mapping the forms and limits of power that can legitimately be exercised by collective bodies over individuals and by governments over their citizens. This book does not seek to provide a comprehensive overview of threats to privacy and rejoinders to them. Instead it considers several different conceptions of privacy and provides examples of legal inventiveness in confronting some contemporary challenges to the public/private distinction. It provides a context for that consideration by surveying the meanings of privacy in three domains---the first, involving intimacy and intimate relations; the second, implicating criminal procedure, in particular, the 4th amendment; and the third, addressing control of information in the digital age. The first two provide examples of what are taken to be classic breaches of the public/private distinction, namely instances when government intrudes in an area claimed to be private. The third has to do with voluntary circulation of information and the question of who gets to control what happens to and with that information."
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Cause lawyering : political commitments and professional responsibilities
The killing state : capital punishment in law, politics, and cultureCause lawyering : political commitments and professional responsibilitiesRace, law, and culture : reflections on Brown v. Board of EducationHuman rights : concepts, contests, contingenciesLives in the lawIdentities, politics, and rightsLaw's madnessPain, death, and the law
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Austin Sarat académico estadounidense

Austin Sarat American academic

Austin Sarat Amerikaans politicoloog

Austin Sarat politólogu estauxunidense

Sarat, Austin D.

Sarat, Austin D. 1947-


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