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Commodity Form and Legal Form: An Essay on the "Relative Autonomy" of the Law
Isaac D. Balbus
Law & Society Review
Vol. 11, No. 3 (Winter, 1977), pp. 571-588
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053132
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After a good deal of thought I have decided not to respond directly to Professor Trubek's exhaustive review of The Dialectics of Legal Repression, but will rather leave it to readers of my book to determine for themselves the adequacy of his description, analysis, and evaluation of the material contained therein. However, insofar as Professor Trubek also refers briefly in his essay to my "more recent," and until now unpublished, work, it seems appropriate to present a sample of this work, especially since Trubek himself argues that it entails a "major refinement" which "allows Balbus to explain what remains unexplained in The Dialectics." Indeed, in certain respects the following essay constitutes an autocritique of the theoretical analysis in my book, and a comparison of the two will thus permit the reader to assess indirectly the extent of my agreement with Trubek's critique. At the same time, what follows also constitutes an implicit and, at times explicit, critique of Trubek's own effort to elaborate and apply an alternative to my position, the effort he calls "critical social thought about law."
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