Nobody's Law pp 149-174 | Cite as

Marking the Unremarkable

  • Marc Hertogh
Part of the Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)


The first half of this chapter summarizes the main findings from the three case studies. All cases illustrate a disconnection between ‘internal’ and ‘external’ understandings of law. The cases also cover a wide spectrum of legal alienation. Finally, they suggest that legal alienation is a process rather than a state. The second half of this chapter aims to generalize these findings beyond the specific context of the cases. First, it is estimated that—in the Netherlands—more than five out of ten people are affected by some form of legal alienation. Second, legal alienation can affect both ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, and is not—by definition—associated with socially marginalized groups. Finally, legal alienation erodes legal compliance.


Legal alienation Legitimacy erosion Compliance 


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  1. 1.Socio-Legal Studies, Faculty of LawUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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