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Law as an Instrument of Class Oppression

Hugh Collins

in Marxism and Law

Published in print October 1984 | ISBN: 9780192851444
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192851444.003.0002

Series: Marxist Introductions

Law as an Instrument of Class Oppression

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This chapter outlines the elements of historical materialism pertinent to law which have been common to various strands of the Marxist tradition. It argues that for historical materialism to be theoretically coherent, it requires a convincing description of the process by which the goals and aspirations of individuals and groups are materially determined. Crude materialism, class instrumentalism, and objections to class instrumentalism are also discussed.

Keywords: Marxism; theory of law; historical materialism; crude materialism; class instrumentalism

Chapter.  7111 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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