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The Measure of Injury – Race, Gender, and Tort Law - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law

Martha Chamallas and Jennifer B. Wriggins


Tort law is the body of law governing negligence, intentional misconduct, and other wrongful acts for which civil actions can be brought. The conventional wisdom is that the rules, concepts, and structures of tort law are neutral and unbiased, free of considerations of gender and race. This book proves that tort law is anything but gender and race neutral. Drawing on an in-depth analysis of case law ranging from the Jim Crow South to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the book demonstrates that women and minorities have been under-compensated in tort law and that traditional biases have resurf ... More

Keywords: tort law, negligence, intentional misconduct, civil actions, gender, race, Jim Crow, Victim Compensation Fund, private law, legal doctrine

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814716762
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814716762.001.0001


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Martha Chamallas, author

Jennifer B. Wriggins, author

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