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Susanne Krasmann: On Thinking and Feeling: The Law of Cultural Heritage
On Thinking and Feeling: The Law of Cultural Heritage
(p. 47 – 62)

Susanne Krasmann

On Thinking and Feeling: The Law of Cultural Heritage

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  • criticism
  • justice
  • society
  • law
  • legal practice

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Susanne Krasmann

is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences, Universität Hamburg. Her main research areas are:Law and Its Knowledge; Dispositifs of Security; the Future of Algorithms; the Power and Truth; Vulnerability and Political Theory. She is co-editor of Governmentality: Current Issues and Future Challenges (Routledge, 2010) and has published in international journals like Cultural Studies, Foucault Studies, Leiden Journal of International Law, Policing & Society, Punishment & Society, Security Dialogue, Surveillance & Society, Theoretical Criminology.
Liza Mattutat (ed.), Roberto Nigro (ed.), ...: What’s Legit?

Once considered a stepchild of social theory, legal criticism has received a great deal of attention in recent years, perpetuating what has always been an ambivalent relationship. On the one hand, law is praised for being a cultural achievement, on the other, it is criticised for being an instrument of state oppression. Legal criticism’s strategies to deal with this ambivalence differ greatly: while some theoreticians seek to transcend the institution of law altogether, others advocate a transformation of the form of law or try to employ counter-hegemonic strategies to change the content of law, deconstruct its basis or invent rights. By presenting a variety of heterogeneous approaches to legal criticism, this volume points out transitions and exhibits irreconcilable differences of these approaches. Without denying the diversity of different forms of critique, they are related to one another with the aim of broadening the debates which all too often are conducted only within the boundaries of the separate theoretical currents.