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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

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

Hans Lindahl

Oxford University Press

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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