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An Introduction to Law and Social Theory

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ISBN13: 9781841132082
ISBN: 184113208X
Published: June 2004
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Although most law schools recognize the value of introducing students to a broader sociological perspective on law, this usually falls short of a full engagement with sociology as an academic discipline. This text introduces a wide range of sociological traditions, and how they can be used in investigating law and legal institutions. It is organized into six sections on classical sociology of law, structural functionalism and systems theory, critical approaches, interpretive approaches, postmodernism and pluralism and globalization, and a conclusion that discusses the relationship between law and sociology. Each of the chapters is written by a specialist who reviews the literature, and discusses how the approach can be used in researching different topics.

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Introduction (Reza Banakar and Max Travers) 1. Classical Sociology Of Law: The Classical Sociologists and Law (Alan Hunt); Sociological Jurisprudence and Sociology (Reza Banakar) 2. Structural Functionalism And Systems Theory: Luhmann and Autopoiesis Theory (Alex Ziegert); Habermas and Law (Bo Carlsson) 3. Critical Approaches: Marxism and Post-Marxism (Robert Fine); Critical Legal Studies (Jiri Priban), Legal Profession (Jennifer Pierce); Feminism and Law (Ruth Fletcher); Identity Politics (Nico J Beger); Bourdieu and Law (Yves Dezalay and Mikael Madsen) 4. Interpretive Approaches: (Symbolic Interactionism and Law (Max Travers); Ethnomethodology and Law (Robert Dingwall) 4. Postmodernism: Foucault and Law (Gary Wickham); Postmodernism and Law (Shaun McVeigh) 5. Pluralism And Globalisation: Legal Pluralism (Anne Griffiths); Comparative Sociology of Law (David Nelken; The Sociology of Global Law (John Flood) 6. Conclusion: The Relationship between Law and Sociology (Reza Banakar and Max Travers).