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The Metastases of Myth: Legal Images as Transitional Phenomena

Manderson, Desmond


In times of transition and transformation, legal images metastasize. This idea can be usefully related both to Winnicott’s theory of transitional objects and Barthes’ theory of myth. But each tell only part of the full story. Barthes fails to fully account for the stabilizing effect of the reassuring signifier; Winnicott fails to fully account for the ideological adaptability—and implications—of the shifting signified. The legal image unites the iterability of the signifier and the polysemy of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-05-08
Type: Journal article
Source: Law and Critique
DOI: 10.1007/s10978-014-9149-1


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