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On Historical Contextualisation: Some Critical Socio-Legal Reflections

Author(s): Lorie Charlesworth

Journal: Crimes and Misdemeanours : Deviance and the Law in Historical Perspective
ISSN 1754-0445

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Socio-legal | Law in Context | Legal History | Criminal Justice Scholarship

This article examines the relationship of historico-legal studies to the wider context of socio-legal studies. It issues a challenge to rethink the nature and role of legal history in the light of socio-legal theory and the extent to which it out to be used by legal scholars. The discussion explores the benefits to socio-legal studies of interdisciplinarity. It suggests that historical reconstructions that contextualise the law should be properly acknowledged as a subgenre at least of the socio-legal movement, not simply perceived as an add-on methodology.

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