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Into the Breach: The Legislative Function of Taboo
Socio-Legal Review (2008)
  • Ali Abrar, Harvard Law School
Abstract

This note enquires into the the social and legal importance of social opprobrium that rises to the level of taboo. Drawing on disparate examples, I argue that such opprobrium serves a useful gap-filling function in the legal system.

Keywords
  • law,
  • taboo,
  • speech code,
  • free speech,
  • obscenity,
  • anti-semitism,
  • dershowitz,
  • racism,
  • mccarthyism,
  • islamic cartoons,
  • Lenny Bruce,
  • Holocaust
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
Ali Abrar. "Into the Breach: The Legislative Function of Taboo" Socio-Legal Review (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ali_abrar/2/