Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 371–375 | Cite as

The Politics of Brewing Legal Times

Emily Grabham, Brewing Legal Times: Things, Form, and the Enactment of Law, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2016, 216 pp, $41.25, ISBN: 978-1-4426-4605-6
  • Kathryn McNeillyEmail author
Review essay

A substantial amount has been written on the relationship between law and time (Engel 1987; French 2001; Tur 2002; Khan 2009; Mawani 2015). An important subsection of this work has been instructive in moving beyond understanding law as operating against the backdrop of time apprehended as a natural construct, to understanding law and legal processes as themselves creating time (for example, Greenhouse 1989, 1996). Law, in this view, emerges as a central influence shaping our socio-political experience of time in everyday life. In Brewing Legal Times, Emily Grabham makes a significant contribution to this literature informed by interdisciplinary and, specifically, feminist resources.1 The unique way in which Grabham does so is to ‘argue that our relationship with “things” creates legal time’ (2016: 6).

Intimately shaped by her personal experience of legal practice, Grabham takes her reader on an illuminating, and pathfinding, journey exploring the connection between people, things and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawQueen’s UniversityBelfastUK

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