Review of Beyond the Borders of the Law: Critical Legal Histories of the North American West, edited by Katrina Jagodinsky and Pablo Mitchell

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In Beyond the Borders of the Law, editors Katrina Jagodinsky and Pablo Mitchell have assembled an impressive volume of critical western legal history spanning the mid-nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Far from a portrait of the lawless West, the chapters collected in this volume illuminate multiple legal borderlands present in the West and culminate in what Jagodinsky calls "an indictment" of western legal history's "slow integration of the critical insights" from critical race theory and borderlands history (p. 30). The book's introduction by Jagodinsky is a successful "intellectual autobiography disguised as historiography," which surveys the scholarly landscape through her own personal experience (p. 3). In the process, she stakes a claim for an academic identity and community at the intersection of legal borderlands, critical race theory, new western history, and critical legal studies. The volume's authors reveal the exciting work that such an intellectual community produces.


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