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9782910114336


Parution : 03/2016
Editeur : Centre d’Histoire Judiciaire de Lille
ISBN : 978-2-9101-1433-6
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(Wo)Men in Legal History

Sous la direction de Sébastien Dhalluin, Hélène Duffuler-Vialle, Sebastiaan Vandenbogaerde, Iris Lellouche, Bruno Debaenst

Présentation

From May 15 to May 18, 2013 the French Centre d’HistoireJudiciaire (Université Lille 2) and the Belgian InstituutvoorRechtsgeschiedenis (Ghent University) organised the nineteenth European Forum of Young Legal Historians. During three days, more than sixty young researchers from all over Europe and beyond gathered around the theme (Wo)Men in legal history, a subject allowing them to think about women and men in legal history from various scientific angles. Thegender concept has become essential in human and social sciences, providinganother way of analysing and interpreting society. Masculinity and femininity can thus be seen as a social construction based on biological sex.

Two main questions needed an answer: can law, from an evolutionary and dynamic point of view, be seen as a way of reducing differences between men and women? What is the role and place of both genders in legislation and legislative bodies, in justice administration and judicial bodies, as well as in legal science and education, both as subjects and objects?

The aim of this book is not to take part in any militant ideology but to considerdispassionatelythe variousscientific ways of the construction of femininity and masculinity. The importance forlegal historiansis obvious: to think about law as an instrumentof subordination and/or way of social change, which can enrich studies about the juridical evolution of societies. Legal rules can be important tools of social engineering in a very explicit way, but, also implicitly every legal system mirrors the cultural role of gender.This book answers the call issued by historians to rethink the dominant narratives of law producing and reflecting cultural and social norms. It challenges legal historians and other scholars to use a gendered approach to law.

340 pages.  30 €


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