Review of Nobody's Law: Legal Consciousness and Legal Alienation in Everyday Life, by Marc Hertogh

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In this new addition to the substantial literature on legal consciousness, Marc Hertogh seeks to chart out an alternative approach to the dominant course set by Ewick and Silbey in their seminal work The Common Place of Law and subsequently in Silbey’s article 'After Legal Consciousness.' Hertogh proposes a 'secular' approach to legal consciousness that contrasts in several important respects from what he refers to as the dominant 'critical' approach. The overall aim of this 'secular approach' is to understand 'why people—because of their strong criticism about the justice system—turn their back to law'(p. 6).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-683
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Law and Society
Issue number4
Early online date6 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019


  • legal consciousness
  • review
  • law and society

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