Reimagining Humanities: Socio-Legal Scholarship in an Age of Disenchantment

  • Julia J A Shaw
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)


The transformative influences of globalization (the driving force of late modernity), expansion of the global corporation, advancement of the consumption-driven society, facilitated by sophisticated communication and information technologies, have presented unique challenges to the legal community. The last decade has witnessed, not least of all, an increased complexity which characterises the relationship between the newly privileged in society and those disadvantaged. Contrast the treatment of the richly remunerated, largely unregulated global financial sector and tacit acceptance of its extreme ethical laxity, with the creeping surveillance of ordinary citizens in the wake of rapidly expanding regulatory state powers which threaten basic human rights. The consequent reimagining and recalibration of the fundamental concepts of democracy, freedom, fairness and justice have exacerbated the imbalance of power, fostered feelings of alienation and resulted in the destabilisation of society, in what might be described as an age of disenchantment.


Legal Text Legal Practice Legal Education Legal Community Late Modernity 
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