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The Reality of Law

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Max TraversBuckinghamshire College

ISBN13: 9781840140286
ISBN: 1840140283
Published: January 1998
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

The subject of this book is the everyday working life of a firm of criminal lawyers in one of the inner city areas of a city in northern England. To collect information for this sociological research the author spent four months following the lawyers, interviewing them, sitting in on client interviews, and watching people getting through their daily paperwork. The two main objectives of the research are, firstly to explore the nature of day-to-day legal practice, and to contribute to the growing number of ethnographic and discourse analytic studies which are beginning to describe different aspects of law and the legal process, and secondly to explore how a particular line of sociological reasoning, or a particular variety of the sociological imagination, can be applied to the case of lawyers and legal work.

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Part I Theory and method in the sociology of law: introduction to part I; the problem of the ""missing what"" in contemporary research and theorising on law and legal phenomena; ethnomethodology and legal work. Part II Pursuing the animal - the case of a firm of criminal defence lawyers: introduction to part II; the phenomena of a firm of radical lawyers; the work of a criminal practice; persuading a client to plead guilty; preparing a crown court trial; conclusion - some implications for legal theory and the sociology of law.