The law tells stories. So argues Catholic legal scholar Mary Ann Glendon in her short but fascinating book, Abortion and Divorce in Western Law. Glendon draws on anthropologist Clifford Geertz’s claim that law is a "culture system"-it "tells stories about the culture that helped to shape it and which in turn it shapes: stories about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going." Law’s stories, Geertz and Glendon argue, cannot...
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