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Critical theories Critical theories do not have a single definition due to their diversity; the major activity of the critical theories is to critique the traditional understanding of the law. Critical theorists advance arguments attacking the traditional understanding of the law exposing flaws on the current understanding of the law. Critical theories are concerned with “…exploring the connections, overlaps, intersections, and interferences between the three spheres of economic development, psychic life, and culture.” On the face of it they seem similar such that one can be misled to believe these entail the same notions however critical theories have different understanding on what to be critical of. This essay will discuss the Critical Legal Studies, the Critical Race and the Critical Gender Theory. The CLS is an intellectual legal movement, which “…specializes in the excavation of hidden contradictions…”, within the law. The CLS is opposed to traditional legal thinking and holds that law is politics. Critique under CLS refers to a method used in addressing the theoretical questions arising from critical analysis of traditional understanding of the law. The CLS theorists use the indeterminacy argument and deconstruction technique to expose the flaws of the traditional understanding of the law. The writings of the Crits show that the law consists of contradictions and there is no one answer to cases brought forward .Crits conclude that the

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