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Legal Intellectuals in ConversationReflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory$
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James R. Hackney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737071

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737071.001.0001

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Law and Society

Law and Society

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Legal Intellectuals in Conversation

Austin Sarat

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This chapter presents an interview with Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College. He is recognized as one of the founders of the law and society movement, and has served as president of the Law and Society Association. Professor Sarat is best known for his contributions to our understanding of the relationship of the criminal justice system, particularly the death penalty, to society. Topics covered during the interview include when he became interested in law given his initial training is as a political scientist; the moments in history that influenced his worldview; his definition of law and society as an intellectual discipline; his definition of constitutive theory; and the major tensions in the law and society movement.

Keywords:   constitutive theory, law professors, Amherst College, law and society movement, Austin Sarat, criminal justice system, death penalty

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