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Philip Allott

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244935

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244935.001.0001

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Society and Words

Society and Words

(p.2) (p.3) 1 Society and Words

Philip Allott

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with the meaning of society and ‘putting the world in words’. Words and their meanings have lives lived alongside the lives we live in our own consciousness and in the consciousness of the societies to which we belong. We put our lives in words, and words with rich histories — like society and law — contain our past and our possibilities. The history of words has as much explanatory power as any history of politics or diplomacy or law or economic life. Words contain social history which are embodied and preserved and available as a social force, a cause of new social effects.

Keywords:   society, world, words, law, politics, diplomacy, social history, social force, social effects

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