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Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756839

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756839.001.0001

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A Jurisprudence of Catastrophe: An Introduction

A Jurisprudence of Catastrophe: An Introduction

(p.1) A Jurisprudence of Catastrophe: An Introduction
Law and Catastrophe

Lawrence Douglas

Austin Sarat

Martha Merrill Umphrey

Stanford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the meaning of a jurisprudence of catastrophe. It argues that while the relationship between law and other limit conditions—such as states of emergency—has been the subject of a rich and growing literature, little has been written about law and catastrophe. In devoting a volume to the subject, the aim is to sketch the contours of a relatively fresh, yet crucial, terrain of inquiry. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   jurisprudence, catastrophe, law, states of emergency

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