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Law and the Stranger

Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey


Law calls communities into being and constitutes the “we” it governs. This act of defining produces an outside as well as an inside, a border whose crossing is guarded, maintaining the identity, coherence, and integrity of the space and people within. Those wishing to enter must negotiate a complex terrain of defensive mechanisms, expectations, assumptions, and legal proscriptions. Essentially, law enforces the boundary between inside and outside in both physical and epistemological ways. This book explores the ways law identifies and responds to strangers within and across borders. It analyze ... More

Keywords: law, strangers, communities, identity, coherence, integrity, boundary, borders, geography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804771542
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804771542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Austin Sarat, editor

Lawrence Douglas, editor

Martha Merrill Umphrey, editor