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Max Weber's Interpretive Sociology of Law


ISBN13: 9781138646391
Published: March 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £110.00



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This book presents a clear and precise account of the structure and content of Max Weber’s sociology of law: situating its methodological and epistemological specificity in relation to other approaches to the sociology of law; as well as offering a critical evaluation of Weber’s usefulness for contemporary socio-legal research.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part deals with the methodological foundations of Weber’s sociology of law. The second analyses the central theme of this sociology, the rationalization of law, from the perspective of its internal logical coherence, its empirical validity, and finally its legitimacy. The third part questions the present day relevance of the Weberian sociology of law for socio-legal research.

Max Weber, it is demonstrated, is not merely a ‘founding father’ of the sociology of law; rather, his methodology, concepts, and empirical analyses remain indispensable to the further development of work in this area.

Subjects:
Law and Society
Contents:
Introduction

Part I. Methodological Foundations
Chapter 1. The Starting Point: Max Weber’s Critique of Stammler
Chapter 2. The Ideal-Typical Method
Chapter 3. Rationality as a Fundamental Category of Weberian Sociology

Part II. The Rationalization of Law
Chapter 4. Normative Coherence
Chapter 5. Empirical Validity
Chapter 6: Legitimacy

Part III. The Relevance of Weber’s Sociology of Law for Contemporary Research
Chapter 7. Legal Pluralism
Chapter 8. Substantive Rationality

Conclusion