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Injury and Injustice

Authors
  • Bloom, Anne
Type
Published Article
Publisher
Annual Reviews
Publication Date
Oct 13, 2020
Volume
16
Pages
241–256
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-lawsocsci-101518-043000
Source
Annual Reviews
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Abstract

This review examines the state of scholarship on the politics of injury law, a relatively neglected field. I argue that injury law is an important site of political contestation, particularly for social and economic minorities, that should receive much more attention from law and social science scholars. Drawing on past research from other areas of legal inquiry, especially rights litigation, I suggest that the political significance of injury law tracks along two key dimensions—the institutional and the symbolic—and that both dimensions deserve greater study. I also argue for collaborative research with legal practitioners, who have significant experiential knowledge to offer about how power operates in this space. The need for this research has perhaps never been greater, as corporate and other interests increasingly move to neutralize this historically important site of political contestation.

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