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Lawyers Making Meaning

The Semiotics of Law in Legal Education II

Broekman, Jan, Catà Backer, Larry

2013, XIV, 258 p.

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  • Bridges the theory and practices of law
  • Provides the basis of how to read, construct and apply modern law
  • Enhances and intensifies awareness of the semiotic dimensions in legal handiwork
  • Provides a structure for understanding and exploring the semiotic character of law and legal systems
  • Cultivates a deep understanding of the ways in which lawyers make meaning
  • Provides new insights into the sign-character of law and society


This book present a structure for understanding and exploring the semiotic character of law and law systems. Cultivating a deep understanding for the ways in which lawyers make meaning—the way in which they help make the world and are made, in turn by the world they create —can provide a basis for consciously engaging in the work of the law and in the production of meaning. The book first introduces the reader to the idea of semiotics in general and legal semiotics in particular, as well as to the major actors and shapers of the field, and to the heart of the matter: signs.  The second part studies the development of the strains of thinking that together now define semiotics, with attention being paid to the pragmatics, psychology and language of legal semiotics. A third part examines the link between legal theory and semiotics, the practice of law, the critical legal studies movement in the USA, the semiotics of politics and structuralism. The last part of the book ties the different strands of legal semiotics together, and closely looks at semiotics in the lawyer’s toolkit—such as: text, name and meaning. ​

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Arbitrary Character of a Sign - Ethics of Signifying - Faces of Justice - From Philosophy to Semiotics - Greimas and Peirce - Jacob Israel de Haan - Jurisprudence and Legal Semiotics - Law and Greimas Squares - Law, Semiotics, and the Corporation - Law’s Order, Semiotic Path - Legal Discourse Analysis - Legal Semiotic Modus Operandi - Legal Semiotics - Legal Semiotics Critical Approach - Origins of Legal Semiotics - Peirce and Legal Semiotics - Peirce's Foundational for Law - Peirce’s Philosophical Texts - Politics, Semiotics and Law - Semiotic Constraints - Semiotic Epistemology - Semiotics and Communication - Semiotics and Law - Semiotics and Legal Interpretation - Semiotics and Legal Practices - Semiotics and Legal Theory - Semiotics and Significs - Semiotics of Law's Voices - Semiotics of Politics - Sign Merge Law and Semiotics - Significs and Jurisprudence - Signs Merge Law and Semiotics - Signs in Law - Structuralism and Legal Semiotics - Structure of Semiotic Systems

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Law - Linguistics - Philosophy - Professional & Vocational Education

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