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The Sociology of Legal Subjectivity

Sociologie de la subjectivité juridique


It is argued here that the concept of "legal subjectivity" should be recognized as an indispensable piece of sociology of law's theoretical tool kit, designating a priority research domain. In defence of this argument, the concept is specified, critiques that were addressed to it throughout the recent history of sociology of law are discussed, and a conceptual framework is presented, with a view to its empirical operationalization. This conceptual framework, inspired by systems theory, approaches a certain form of subjectivity as a characteristic of modernity, located at the interface between communication and individual psychic activity. Apart from applications to crucial contemporary issues-such as changes in the experience of citizenship, their causes and their possible consequences-it could help sociology of law to better contribute to a reflexive research about current changes in the scientific field itself.
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Pierre Guibentif. The Sociology of Legal Subjectivity. Jiří Přibáň. Research Handbook on Sociology of Law, Edward Elgar Publishers, pp.177-189, 2020, 978 1 78990 517 5. ⟨hal-03881527⟩
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