Introduction: Working the Boundaries of Law

Morag McDermont, John Clarke

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This introduction to the special issue on Working the Boundaries of Law provides a context for the papers collected here. It locates the papers in a colloquium held in Oñati to discuss issues around this theme. It traces the significance of borders and boundaries as sites of social practice and considers how the boundaries of law are constructed and contested. The introduction then explores the sorts of practices – or labour – that go on at these boundaries – to maintain, challenge and traverse them. It points in particular to boundaries as sites of translation and emotional labour. Finally, it briefly introduces the papers that follow.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1383-1396
Number of pages14
JournalOñati Socio-Legal Series
Issue number7
Early online date22 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • law
  • borderlands
  • social practices.

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