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On Becoming a Legal Person: Identity and the Social Context of Legal Epistemology

Elizabeth Mertz

in The Language of Law School

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780195183108
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199870875 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183108.003.0006
On Becoming a Legal Person: Identity and the Social Context of Legal Epistemology

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This chapter considers what kind of person is created through the talk of the law school classroom and discusses the larger view of the world, of human selves and motivations, and of social context that are entailed in this creation. The chapter concludes by discussing the broader social implications of the underlying legal epistemology outlined earlier. Based on contemporary social theory, this chapter draws connections between U.S. legal language and the wider social system in which it is embedded.

Keywords: legal language; law schools; legal epistemology; social context; social theory

Chapter.  20726 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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