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Theory and Method in Socio-legal Research

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Edited by: Reza Banakar, Max Travers

ISBN13: 9781841136257
ISBN: 1841136255
Published: December 2005
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £74.00

Socio-legal researchers increasingly recognise the need to employ a wide variety of methods in studying law and legal phenomena, and the need to be informed by an understanding of debates about theory and method in mainstream social science.

The papers in this volume illustrate how a range of topics, including EU law, ombudsmen, judges, lawyers, Shariah Councils and the quality assurance industry can be researched from a socio-legal perspective.

The objective of the collection is to show how different methods can be used in researching law and legal phenomena, how methodological issues and debates in sociology are relevant to the study of law, and the importance of the debate between "structural" and "action" traditions in researching law.

It also approaches the methodological problem of how sociology of law can address the content of legal practice from a variety of perspectives and discusses the relationship between pure and applied research.

The editors provide a critical introduction to each of the six sections, and a general introduction on law, sociology and method. The collection will provide an invaluable resource for socio-legal researchers, law school researchers and postgraduates.

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Legal Skills and Method, Law and Society
Introduction Reza Banakar and Max Travers
1. Law, Sociology and Method Reza Banakar and Max Travers
Introduction to Section One Reza Banakar and Max Travers
2. Ethnography and Socio-Legal Research John Flood
3. Systems Theory and Qualitative Socio-legal Research Klaus A Ziegert
SECTION 2: ETHNOGRAPHY AND LAW Introduction to Section Two Reza Banakar and Max Travers
4. Courses of Mobilisation: Writing systematic micro-histories of legal discourse Thomas Scheffer
5. "Standpoint", "Difference" and Feminist Research Samia Banio
6. Researching Women's Legal Experiences in Botswana: An anthropological perspective Anne Griffiths
Introduction to Section Three Reza Banakar and Max Travers
7. Studying Cases Empirically: A sociological method for studying discrimination cases in Sweden Reza Banakar
8. Researching Ombudsmen Mary Seneviratne
9. Discourse Analysis and the Implementation of a European Directive Bettina Lange
SECTION 4: STRUCTURAL APPROACHES Introduction to Section Four Reza Banakar and Max Travers
10. How to Study the Social and Legal Position of Danish Judges Ole Hammerslev
11: Changing Maps: Empirical legal autopoesis John Paterson and Gunther Teubner
Introduction to Section Five Reza Banakar and Max Travers
12. Doing Research into Comparative Criminal Justice David Nelken
13. Researching Legal Culture in Russia Marina Kurkchiyan
SECTION 6: SOCIO-LEGAL RESEARCH IN THE UK Introduction to Section Six Reza Banakar and Max Travers
14. Constructing a Typology of Administrative Grievances Michael Adler
15. The Formalisation of Research Ethics Andrew Boon
16. Evaluation Research and Legal Services Max Travers