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Studying Law by Association: Bruno Latour Goes to the Conseil d’État

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Abstract:

This essay provides an overview of actor-network theory (ANT) and its potential interest for sociolegal scholars. It focuses on Bruno Latour's 2002 ethnography of La fabrique du droit: une ethnographie du Conseil d’État [The factory of law: an ethnography of the Conseil d’État] (2002b), which provides an analysis of the workings of the French Conseil d’État. The essay seeks to introduce non-French-reading sociolegal researchers to this work and draws out methodological and theoretical implications for research on legal institutions, legal knowledge, and bureaucracies.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-4469.2008.00122.x

Affiliations: University of Toronto

Publication date: 2008-09-01

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