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"I Made a Promise to a Lady": Critical Legal Pluralism as Improvised Law in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

W.A. Adams

Published: 2010-05-06

This article analyzes "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," a popular television series, in order to explore the concept of critical legal pluralism as improvised law. The series provides numerous examples of the improvised nature of law as the social construction of legal meaning. Spike is an evil vampire, yet viewers readily accept a character arc in which Spike, motivated by chivalry, vows to protect a human being even at the expense of his own existence.

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Musical improvisation is a crucial model for political, cultural, and ethical dialogue and action.

– Ajay Heble