This volume addresses the pluralistic identity of the legal order. It argues that the mutual reflexivity of the different ways society perceives law and law perceives society eclipses the unique formal identity of written law. It advances a distinctive approach to the plural ways in which legal cultures work in a modern society, through the metaphor of the mirror. As a mirror of society, it distinguishes between the structure and function of legal culture within the legal system, and the external representation of law in society. This duality is further problematized in relation to the increasing transnationalisation of law.

Based on a multi-level interpretation of the concept of legal culture, the work is divided into three parts: the first addresses the mutual reflections of social and legal norms that support a pluralist representation of internal legal cultures, the second concentrates on the external legal cultures that constantly enable pragmatic adjustments of the legal order to its social environment, and the third concludes the book with a theoretical discussion of the issues presented.

chapter |8 pages


ByAlberto Febbrajo

part I|86 pages

Towards a reflexive legal culture

chapter 1|17 pages

The normative anatomy of society 1

ByHåkan Hydén

chapter 2|16 pages

A typology of legal cultures

ByAlberto Febbrajo

chapter 3|15 pages

Pluripoiesis of law and the kaleidoscope of legal cultures 1

ByPedro Rubim Borges Fortes

chapter 4|18 pages

Towards a global legal culture?

Spaces of law in the transnational constellation
ByLasha Bregvadze

chapter 5|18 pages

Competing mirrors

Law’s blind spots in philosophical and social-scientific review
ByAnton Schütz

part II|76 pages

On the multidimensional functioning of legal systems

chapter 6|11 pages

Normative force and political intelligence

ByAndré-Jean Arnaud

chapter 7|13 pages

Balancing legal principles and legal topics

ByTércio Sampaio Ferraz

chapter 8|21 pages

Questionable neutrality

Personal values in judicial adjudication 1
ByJack Meakin

chapter 9|14 pages

The leaking law 1

ByKarl Dahlstrand

chapter 10|15 pages

The postmodern administrative law

ByKarl-Heinz Ladeur

part III|28 pages

A conceptual discussion

chapter 11|11 pages

The sociological observation of the theory and practice of law

ByNiklas Luhmann

chapter 12|15 pages

Some problems with ‘reflexive law’

ByNiklas Luhmann