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Law and Critique

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 167–191 | Cite as

An Uneven and Combined Development Theory of Law: Initiation

  • Susan Dianne Brophy
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Abstract

That various legal orders preside in any one jurisdiction has long been seen as evidence of legal pluralism; however, this approach lacks a systematic understanding of history in general, and as such, tells us little about the inner machinations of law’s relation to capitalist development in particular. What is needed instead is a dialectical materialist approach to legal development; for this reason, I tender an uneven and combined development (UCD) theory of law. Law flexes in concert with ever-changing social relations, or more plainly, law evolves in an uneven and combined manner. More than being mired in the contradictions that are the driving force of the UCD of capitalism, however, law also boasts its own set of contradictions that, if carefully accounted for, helps distinguish the historical evolution of capitalism as a social totality.

Keywords

Capitalism Dialectical materialism Legal pluralism Uneven and combined development 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Legal StudiesSt. Jerome’s University in the University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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