Process and Substance in Outcome
Julia de Burgos is one of the best known poets from Puerto Rico. In I Was My Own Route she bemoans how the old guard holds back the new spirit of freedom. Yet, in this book we see that the newer generation of rights lawyers appears less radical in their choice of strategies. Chapter 8 indicates that ore recent rights participants with professional altruistic motivations for rights work adopt legal formalism more readily than earlier lawyers who had a clear commitment to radical justice. In the context of the UK, legal formalism appears to obstruct substantive rights considerations. This chapter picks up the thread from Chapter 8 to illustrate how formalism operates in the context of the American juridical field.
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