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The Doorkeepers of the Law

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Reza BanakarCentre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

ISBN13: 9781840144857
ISBN: 1840144858
Published: July 1999
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



This study examines a number of cases processed by the Swedish Ombudsman against Ethnic Discrimination, and the possibilities of maximising the efficacy of the Swedish Act against Ethnic Discrimination.

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Contents:
Introduction: before the law; research problem and disposition; sociology of law as the science of socio-legal processes.
Part 1 Ethnic discrimination in Sweden.
Part 2 Ombudsman against ethnic discrimination: the office of ombudsman; the act against ethnic discrimination.
Part 3 Processing complaints: the cases; the method of investigation; processing complaints and the DO's doorkeeping; techniques; four categories of complaints.
Part 4 Conflicts, disputes and litigation: discourse and communicative rationality; types of action; types of conflict; the necessary conditions for the resolution of conflicts.
Part 5 Lumping and re-labelling: law and the methods of dispute resolution; a typical case of re-labelling.
Part 6 Coping with conflicts: legally unresolvable conflicts; the legal construction of social reality; the denial; law as the preserver of the in-group unity and solidarity.
Part 7 The limits and reflexive law: prejudice and discrimination; legal autopoiesis; legal instrumentalism and semi-autonomous fields; reflexive law; the limitations of reflexive law; the DO as a reflexive legal authority?