Alan Norrie, Crime, Reason and History (1993)

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This chapter provides a critical analysis of Crime, Reason and History: A Critical Introduction to Criminal Law by Alan Norrie. It argues that this book constitutes a ‘leading work’ because it helped create space for critical interpretations of criminal law and articulated, in a largely compelling manner, some of the contradictions that lie at the heart of liberal criminal law. Beyond this, the chapter argues that each of the three editions of the book illustrates the different kinds of contribution critical legal scholarship might make: exposing ideology (identifying conflict), deploying liberalism’s contradictions to secure ‘legitimate’ progressive outcomes (mediating conflict), and embracing a morally substantive social vision whose realisation might depend upon legal intervention (transcending conflict).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeading Works in Criminal Law
EditorsChloë Kennedy, Lindsay Farmer
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter11
Pages220-241
Number of pages22
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781003193982
ISBN (Print)9781032046259
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameAnalysing Leading Works in Law
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • criminal law
  • criminal justice
  • critical legal studies
  • critical legal history
  • legal liberalism

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  • Introducing leading works in criminal law

    Kennedy, C. & Farmer, L., 11 Aug 2023, Leading Works in Criminal Law. Kennedy, C. & Farmer, L. (eds.). 1st ed. Routledge, p. 1-13 13 p. (Analysing Leading Works in Law).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Leading works: Concluding reflections

    Kennedy, C. & Farmer, L., 11 Aug 2023, Leading Works in Criminal Law. Kennedy, C. & Farmer, L. (eds.). 1st ed. Routledge, p. 263-269 7 p. (Analysing Leading Works in Law).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Leading Works in Criminal Law

    Kennedy, C. (ed.) & Farmer, L. (ed.), 11 Aug 2023, 1st ed. Routledge. 284 p. (Analysing Leading Works in Law)

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