“I found that law did not keep politely to a ‘level’ but was at every bloody level; it was imbricated within the mode of production and productive relations themselves …

… it was an arm of politics and politics was one of its arms; it was an academic discipline, subjected to the rigour of its own autonomous logic …

… above all, it afforded an arena for class struggle, within which alternative notions of law were fought out.”

E.P. Thompson, The Poverty of Theory (London: Merlin, pg. 96)