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Black Letter Law is a staple of legal training. These are the fundamental concepts in each area of law with which all lawyers are expected to be cognizant. They are the foundation for Bar exams, and they provide the common language and understanding that permit lawyers to hold intelligent discussions across specializations. We have adopted the name and the conceptual format for our own discourse on social justice. Black Letter Definitions are those we expect all of us to know for ease of discussion. They are gathered here for your quick reference with links to further information.

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active, conception of man as. . . The philosophical approach that considers man active believes that man has free will and enough control over his own actions to choose his behaviors, however limiting the circumstances. This approach usually holds man responsible for his actions. Additional information.

auto-poietic non-learning subsystem An auto-poietic subsystem is one that provides feedback so that it becomes self-perpetuating, which includes a set of rules and procedures for updating and generating its own rules and procedures. (Luhmann) The "non-learning" critique is Habermas'. He complains the Luhmann system does not provide for feedback from the citizens who are caught up in inappropriate rules, and thus Habermas argues that such a system cannot be a legitimate model for society. Additional information.

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dynamite, social. . . That group of people who have either fallen or jumped through the cracks of our social system, but who are rebellious and potentially violent over this perceived failure. Additional information.

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junk, social That group of people who have either fallen or jumped through the cracks of our social system, and are now dependent on others for the provision of those basic needs. Additional information.

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social dynamite That group of people who have either fallen or jumped through the cracks of our social system, but who are rebellious and potentially violent over this perceived failure. Additional information.

social junk That group of people who have either fallen or jumped through the cracks of our social system, and are now dependent on others for the provision of those basic needs. Additional information.

static interpretation A static interpretation of social theory assumes that the normative structure of society is stable and the result of consensus amongst us. (Quinney, at p. 213, in Williams III and McShane, Criminology Theory, Anderson Publ., 1998) Additional information.

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