The symptoms of the just: psycho-pass, judg(e)ment, and the asymptomatic commons

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Hourigan, Daniel. 2018. "The symptoms of the just: psycho-pass, judg(e)ment, and the asymptomatic commons." Pearson, Ashley, Giddens, Thomas and Tranter, Kieran (ed.) Law and justice in Japanese popular culture: from crime fighting robots to duelling pocket monsters. Milton Park, United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 19-31
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The symptoms of the just: psycho-pass, judg(e)ment, and the asymptomatic commons

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleLaw and justice in Japanese popular culture: from crime fighting robots to duelling pocket monsters
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AuthorHourigan, Daniel
EditorsPearson, Ashley, Giddens, Thomas and Tranter, Kieran
Page Range19-31
Chapter Number2
Number of Pages13
Year2018
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationMilton Park, United Kingdom
ISBN9781138300262
9781315136134
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351470513
Abstract

Set in a hypermodern and isolationist Japan, the first two seasons of the Psycho-Pass anime confront the spiralling consequences for the possibility of just law in the world of a panopticon—the Sibyl System—that gazes upon all people through a matriculated psycho-emotional ‘cymatic’ scan. Psycho-Pass challenges conventional approaches to law and justice in three interconnected ways: the reconfiguration of the sovereign through the cybernetic Sibyl System and the largely unconscious corporeality of Japanese citizens as a politico-legal body; the erasure of courts and displacement of the central zone of legal power into a type of surveillance that compels compliance through coercion, thereby raising the spectre of moral accountability for just violence in the absence of a positivist legal doctrine; and the Sibyl System functions as a legal formalism unmoored from social recognition and thereby constantly stalked by wider social recognition as a threat to its legitimacy and air of justice. This chapter investigates the tensions that envelope the spiralling psycho-legal effectiveness of the Sibyl System in the first and second seasons of Psycho-Pass.

Keywordslaw, philosophy, literature, anime, cultural studies, jurisprudence
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470507. Comparative and transnational literature
480410. Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation
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