Understanding Legal Worlds, Brewing Legal Times
I read Emily Grabham’s book, Brewing Legal Times (2016), from cover to cover while on holiday in Cornwall last summer. I was gripped from page to page as if reading a novel, being drawn into the various worlds that Grabham describes and, more so, into the conceptual world which this book creates. Taking readers on a beautifully written journey into particular legal worlds, Grabham shows that it is through the everyday practices of lawyers and their clients that legal form materialises: documents, for example, can become ‘things’ which embody far more than the text they contain, bringing to life legal concepts as they apply to humans, things and matter. Following Marilyn Strathern, one of the key contributions of the book is a troubling of the distinction between objects and concepts, undermining the idea that objects are distinct from their meanings. The book itself is an example of its own argument: it is an object inseparable from the concepts explained on its pages, interpreted by...
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