Ourstory

In reaction to conventional notions of law as a body of norms or a social institution that produces norms, critical approaches began –in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s– to conceive of law as discourse, as language or as a form of consciousness. Of these scholars, some focus on the way in which social and economic structures of domination produce corresponding or reinforcing legal apparatuses, while others inquire into the ways in which regulatory power conceals its operations by constituting its subjects as bearers of rights and duties, and by instilling in them a false sense of freedom and choice.