Diversity, law and justice: a Deleuzian semiotic view of `criminal justice'
Author: Milovanovic, Dragan
Source: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Volume 20, Number 1, March 2007 , pp. 55-79(25)
Abstract:This article takes a Deleuzian view toward diversity, law and justice. It makes use of the insights developed in his two books on cinema comparing an “organic regime” to a “crystalline regime.” The former will be seen as the image of thought and regime of signs of traditional criminal justice practices (due process model, crime control model, family model, actuarial justice, restorative justice); the latter, the basis of a transformative justice (social justice) and the regime of signs that are its constitutive elements. Deleuze's views on semiotics can be fruitfully contrasted with Lacan's. I want to indicate how Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytic semiotics, on the descriptive level, quite accurately describes the connection of desire based on lack with capital logic, whereas, Deleuze provides an alternative ontology (desire based on production) and develops suggestions for privileging a becoming rather than a being. His is a call for ongoing transformations. I want to indicate how diversity, transformation and tolerance can have better developments in a Deleuzian model of the crystalline regime. This entails alternative discursive subject positions and regimes of signs within which constructions of reality by diverse peoples find wider expression. Accordingly, this is about better approximations to social justice.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2007-03-01