Terror, Leniency, and Law’s Ideology

Douglas Hay’s 1975 essay “Property, Authority and the Criminal Law” offers an excellent account of law as an ideological system, based on an analysis of the 18th Century English Bloody Code.

The essay was originally published in the edited volume Albion’s Fatal Tree, with an excerpt re-printed in Austin Sarat’s The Social Organization of Law.

Below is a one-page jpeg outlining some of Hay’s main points.

Terror, Leniency, and Law's Ideology

CRIM 3305 Law & Society students can pick up an 11×17 copy of this poster in class.


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