Tolerated illegality and intolerable legality: from legal philosophy to critique

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dc.contributor.author Plyley, Kathryn
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-26T14:24:23Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-26T14:24:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-04-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/9259
dc.description.abstract This project uses Michel Foucault’s underdeveloped notion of “tolerated illegality” as a departure point for two converging inquiries. The first analyzes, and then critiques, dominant legal logics and values. This part argues that traditional legal philosophers exhibit a “disagreement without difference,” generally concurring that legal certainty and predictability enhance agency. Subsequently, this section critiques “formal legal” logic by linking it to science envy (specifically the desire for certainty and predictability), and highlighting its agency- limiting effects (e.g. the violence of law en-force-ment). The second part examines multiple dimensions of tolerated illegality, exploring the permutations of this complex socio-legal phenomenon. Here the implications of tolerated illegality are mapped across different domains, ranging from the dispossession of Indigenous peoples of their lands, to the latent ideologies embedded in superhero shows. This section also examines the idea of liberal “tolerance,” as well as the themes of power, domination, politics, bureaucracy, and authority. Ultimately, this project demonstrates that it is illuminating to study legality and (tolerated) illegality in tandem because although analyses of “formal legality” provide helpful analytical texture, the polymorphous and entangled nature of tolerated illegality makes clear just how restricted and artificial strict analyses of legality can be. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject tolerated illegality en_US
dc.subject legality en_US
dc.subject rule of law en_US
dc.subject socio-legal critique en_US
dc.subject Indigenous resurgence en_US
dc.subject power relations en_US
dc.subject toleration en_US
dc.subject superheroes en_US
dc.subject law and film en_US
dc.subject law and television en_US
dc.subject critical legal thought en_US
dc.subject Michel Foucault en_US
dc.subject Lon Fuller en_US
dc.subject Wendy Brown en_US
dc.subject tolerance en_US
dc.subject legal philosophy en_US
dc.subject Antigone en_US
dc.subject The Wire en_US
dc.subject gap studies en_US
dc.subject scientism in law en_US
dc.subject Indigenous dispossession en_US
dc.subject law and order en_US
dc.subject neoliberalism en_US
dc.subject legal certainty and predictability en_US
dc.subject bureaucracy en_US
dc.subject Daredevil en_US
dc.title Tolerated illegality and intolerable legality: from legal philosophy to critique en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Johnson, Rebecca
dc.degree.department Faculty of Law en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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