Understanding Culture offers an accessible and comprehensive overview of the field of cultural studies whilst also proposing a different way of `doing' cultural studies. It focuses on the ways in which cultural objects and practices serve as both a means of ordering people's lives and as markers of that ordering. The book reviews the state of the discipline of cultural studies and suggests a new theoretical and methodological orientation drawing on the work of: Foucault; scepticism, Wittgenstein; Harvey Sacks and John Law; uses insights from a variety of sources to examine the complex ways in which meanings are manufactured as lives are ordered in particular social settings: personal life, education, health, the city and law; and pre

Ordering through the Culture of Law and Regulation

Ordering through the culture of law and regulation

The term ‘legal culture’ has quite a ring to it, as does ‘police culture’, ‘the culture of the Supreme Court’, ‘prison culture’ or any other term that might be bandied about in attempts to capture some of the more intricate workings of legal and regulatory institutions (in this chapter we use the term ‘the culture of law and regulation’ to cover all of the above). The ‘ring’, we suggest, evokes the intricacies of life in courts, law offices, police cars, prisons, etc.

Our aim in this chapter is not to suppress this ‘ring’ of culture, but to enhance it. It is our view that too many analyses of socio-legal objects rely ...

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