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Law in Crisis – The Ecstatic Subject of Natural Disaster - Stanford Scholarship Online
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Law in Crisis: The Ecstatic Subject of Natural Disaster

Ruth A. Miller


Taking natural disaster as the political and legal norm is uncommon. Taking a person who has become unstable and irrational during a disaster as the starting point for legal analysis is equally uncommon. Nonetheless, this book makes the unsettling case that the law demands an ecstatic subject and that natural disaster is the endpoint to law. Developing an idiosyncratic but compelling new theory of legal and political existence, the book challenges existing arguments that, whether valedictory or critical, have posited the rational, bounded self as the normative subject of law. By bringing a dis ... More

Keywords: natural disaster, law, legal existence, political existence, political philosophy, subject formation, politics, gender studies

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804762564
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762564.001.0001


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Ruth A. Miller, author

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