The History in "Critical Legal Histories": Robert W. Gordon. 1984. Critical Legal Histories. Stanford Law Review 36:57-125


Journal Article

This commentary explores Robert Gordon's "Critical Legal Histories" from the perspective of the discipline of history. It argues that we are still stalled at the intellectual juncture that Gordon described so well twenty-five years ago because functionalism and the resulting problems that Gordon addresses in the area of sociolegal studies also pervade the discipline of history. The results reinforce the divide between sociolegal studies and other kinds of historical studies that tend to inhibit the conceptual transformation that Gordon advocates and to marginalize legal studies within the discipline of history. © 2012 American Bar Foundation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Edwards, LF

Published Date

  • December 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 187 - 199

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1747-4469

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0897-6546

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1747-4469.2012.01301.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus