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Fault Lines of GlobalizationLegal Order and the Politics of A-Legality$
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Hans Lindahl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199601684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601684.001.0001

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Legality, Illegality, A-Legality

Legality, Illegality, A-Legality

A Preliminary Analysis

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(p.13) 1 Legality, Illegality, A-Legality
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Fault Lines of Globalization
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Hans Lindahl

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601684.003.0002

The chapter lays the groundwork for the remainder of the book, discussing three variations on an entirely mundane joint act whereby a group of friends buy victuals at a food shop with a view to throwing a party. These scenarios have a number of functions. They allow of describing, in some detail, what it means that legal orders appear as concrete normative orders from the first-person plural perspective of joint action. They lend credence to the claim that it is reductive to view the unity of legal orders as the unity of a manifold of norms. And, crucially, they introduce the three-way distinction between legality, illegality and a-legality in a way that illuminates the distinction and relation between the boundaries and limits of legal orders.

Keywords:   legality, illegality, a-legality, boundaries, limits, legal unity

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