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Marx and law: breaking down the system

Chapter


Abstract


  • Humans are very positive creatures. We prefer to know good things

    about ourselves, and not bad. The same goes for our sense of self. For Australians,

    most of us would prefer to think of ourselves as being in control of our destinies,

    and having the kinds of autonomous lifelines promised by the liberal ideal. We

    would also prefer not to acknowledge deprived or disadvantaged backgrounds.

    But the reason Australia has a non-indigenous population is precisely because of the

    acute deprivation and disadvantage which affected Australia's 18th and early 19th

    century forebears. Who, after all, would leave their home to move hal~ a world

    away if things were good at home? For Australians with English, Scottish, Insh

    and Welsh ancestry, most have forebears who were convicts or free settlers who

    left a world of extreme poverty, hardship and deprivation.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Edition


  • 2

Citation


  • Leiboff, M. (2014). Marx and law: breaking down the system. In M. Leiboff & M. Thomas (Eds.), Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices (pp. 345-367). Australia: Thomson Reuters.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780455231051

Book Title


  • Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices

Start Page


  • 345

End Page


  • 367

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Humans are very positive creatures. We prefer to know good things

    about ourselves, and not bad. The same goes for our sense of self. For Australians,

    most of us would prefer to think of ourselves as being in control of our destinies,

    and having the kinds of autonomous lifelines promised by the liberal ideal. We

    would also prefer not to acknowledge deprived or disadvantaged backgrounds.

    But the reason Australia has a non-indigenous population is precisely because of the

    acute deprivation and disadvantage which affected Australia's 18th and early 19th

    century forebears. Who, after all, would leave their home to move hal~ a world

    away if things were good at home? For Australians with English, Scottish, Insh

    and Welsh ancestry, most have forebears who were convicts or free settlers who

    left a world of extreme poverty, hardship and deprivation.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Edition


  • 2

Citation


  • Leiboff, M. (2014). Marx and law: breaking down the system. In M. Leiboff & M. Thomas (Eds.), Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices (pp. 345-367). Australia: Thomson Reuters.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780455231051

Book Title


  • Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices

Start Page


  • 345

End Page


  • 367

Place Of Publication


  • Australia