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Speech and Silence in American Law

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Austin Sarat, Marianne Constable, Grace Lee, Louis Michael Seidman, Ronald Krotoszynski, Danielle Allen, Heather Elliott, Martin H. Redish, Paul Horwitz, Peter Brooks, Frederick Vars
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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107627031

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  • Rather than abstract philosophical discussion or yet another analysis of legal doctrine, Speech and Silence in American Law seeks to situate speech and silence, locating them in particular circumstances and contexts and asking how context matters in facilitating speech or demanding silence. To understand speech and silence we have to inquire into their social life and examine the occasions and practices that call them forth and that give them meaning. Among the questions addressed in this book are, Who is authorized to speak? And what are the conditions that should be attached to the speaking subject? Are there occasions that call for speech and others that demand silence? What is the relationship between the speech act and the speaker? Taking these questions into account helps readers understand what compels speakers and what problems accompany speech without a known speaker, allowing us to assess how silence speaks and how speech renders the silent more knowable.

    • Not an abstract philosophical discussion or yet another analysis of legal doctrine, but a collection that situates the ideas of speech and silence in American law
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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107627031
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: situating speech and silence Austin Sarat
    1. 'Our word is our bond' Marianne Constable
    2. Our word [or the lack thereof] is our bond: the regulation of silence under contract law Grace Lee
    3. Powell's choice: the law and morality of speech, silence, and resignation by high government officials Louis Michael Seidman
    4. Resignations, the (quasi) plural executive, and a critical assessment of the unitary executive theory Ronald Krotoszynski
    5. Anonymous: on silence and the public sphere Danielle Allen
    6. Silencing by exclusion: a reaction to 'anonymous: on silence and the public sphere' Heather Elliott
    7. Freedom of expression, political fraud and the dilemma of anonymity Martin H. Redish
    8. Anonymity, signaling, and silence as speech Paul Horwitz
    9. Speech, silence, the body Peter Brooks
    10. Torture and Miranda Frederick Vars.

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    Austin Sarat, Amherst College, Massachusetts
    Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence Political and Science at Amherst College and Justice Hugo L. Black Senior Faculty Scholar at the University of Alabama School of Law. He is author or editor of more than sixty books, including When the State Kills: Capital Punishment and the American Condition; Something to Believe In: Politics, Professionalism, and Cause Lawyers (with Stuart Scheingold); The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society; and most recently The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States (with Charles Ogletree Jr). Sarat is editor of the journal Law, Culture and the Humanities and of Studies in Law, Politics and Society. In 1997, he received the Harry Kalven Award, given by the Law and Society Association for distinguished research on law and society. In 2004, he received the Reginald Heber Smith Award, given biennially to honor the best scholarship on the subject of equal access to justice. In 2006, the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities awarded him the James Boyd White Prize for distinguished scholarly achievement in recognition of his 'innovative and outstanding' work in the humanistic study of law. In 2009 he received the Stan Wheeler Award from the Law & Society Association for distinguished teaching and mentoring.


    Austin Sarat, Marianne Constable, Grace Lee, Louis Michael Seidman, Ronald Krotoszynski, Danielle Allen, Heather Elliott, Martin H. Redish, Paul Horwitz, Peter Brooks, Frederick Vars

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