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The republic of choice : law, authority, and culture / Lawrence M. Friedman.

By: Friedman, Lawrence M. (Lawrence Meir), 1930-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1990Description: 248 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0674762606 (alk. paper); 9780674762602 (alk. paper).Report number: 89034329Subject(s): Law -- Philosophy | Sociological jurisprudence | Culture and law | Civil rights | Individualism | Sociologie juridique | Culture et droit | Individualisme | Droit -- Philosophie | Droits de l'homme | Recht | Cultuur | Individualisme | Overheid | Filosofia do direito | LawAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Republic of choice.DDC classification: 340/.1 Other classification: 71.51 | 77.60 | 86.00
Contents:
Introduction -- Legalism and individualism -- Modernity and the rise of the individual -- Technology and change -- On modern legal culture -- The chosen republic -- Gods, Kings, and movie stars -- Crime, sexuality, and social disorganization -- The life-style society -- A stab at assessment -- Appendix: Social meanings of key terms
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K230.F75 R47 1990 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000606319

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. [214]-239.

Introduction -- Legalism and individualism -- Modernity and the rise of the individual -- Technology and change -- On modern legal culture -- The chosen republic -- Gods, Kings, and movie stars -- Crime, sexuality, and social disorganization -- The life-style society -- A stab at assessment -- Appendix: Social meanings of key terms

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CHOICE Review

Friedman (Stanford Law School) examines primarily US legal culture and the public consciousness that informs and expresses it. His analysis of modern US legal culture yields the key image of a "republic of choice"--a public consciousness that centers on the concept of individual choice. Friedman provides a detailed discussion of the long-term trends in legal culture that have increased the consciousness of right, the sense of entitlement. His understanding of "modernity," "individualism," and technology is dependent upon what is usually called modernization theory. Friedman postulates "that the concept of choice, the desire for choice, and the experience of choice pervade modern life and reconstitute modern law to fit the culture of choice." Important but difficult issues arise in his evaluation of the experience of choice in what he dubs a "lifestyle society." The fundamental question is whether the notion of a "republic of choice" has been developed in the context of an adequate theory of power. The critical reader will find pithy observations on a wide range of topics including wealth discrimination, advertising, and the impact of celebrity culture on various forms of authority. For the general reader, lawyers, and legal scholars; social and political theorists may also generate critical interest. -H. G. Reid, University of Kentucky

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Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford University. <p>

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