An Introduction to Law and Social Theory

An Introduction to Law and Social Theory

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Although most law schools recognise 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 book introduces a wide range of sociological traditions, and how they can be used in investigating law and legal institutions.The book is organised into six sections, each with an introduction by the editors, on classical sociology of law, structural functionalism and systems theory, critical approaches, interpretive approaches, postmodernism, and pluralism and globalisation, 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. CONTENTS: Introduction (Reza Banakar and Max Travers) 1. CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGY AND LAW: The Problematization of Law in Classical Social Theory (Alan Hunt); Sociological Jurisprudence (Reza Banakar) 2. STRUCTURAL FUNCTIONALISM AND SYSTEMS THEORY: The Thick Description of Law: An Introduction to Niklas Luhmann's Theory (Klaus A.
Ziegert); Jurgen Habermas and the Sociology of Law (Bo Carlsson) 3. CRITICAL APPROACHES: Marxism and the Social Theory of Law (Robert Fine); Sharing the Paradigms? CLS and the Sociology of Law (Jiri Priban), Feminist Legal Theory (Ruth Fletcher); A Race and Gendered Organisational Logic in Law Firms (Jennifer Pierce); Putting Gender and Sexuality on the Agenda (Nico J Beger); The Power of the Legal Field (Mikael R. Madsen and Yves Dezalay) 4. INTERPRETIVE APPROACHES: Symbolic Interactionism and Law (Max Travers); Ethnomethodology and Law (Robert Dingwall) 5. POSTMODERNISM: Foucault and Law (Gary Wickham); Postmodernism and Common Law (Shaun McVeigh) 6. LEGAL PLURALISM (Anne Griffiths); Globalistion and Law (John Flood); Comparative Sociology of Law (David Nelken) CONCLUSIONS: Law and Sociology (Reza Banakar and Max Travers).
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  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19mm | 532g
  • Hart Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1841132098
  • 9781841132099
  • 321,319

Table of contents

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).
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The essays in the collection were committed with specific requirements to the writers that the articles be written in a way that can be easily understandable by general readers. The finished book, as it is now, fulfills the wishes of the authors. Whether sociology of law, the study of law and society, or law and social theory as a discipline belongs to sociology or jurisprudence may prove to be relatively unimportant, but the service this volume has provided for such a field is enormously great.Yu Xingzhong, The Chinese University of Hong KongThe Law and Politics Book ReviewMarch 2003Banakar's and Travers' 'Introduction to Law and Social Theory' contains some valuable essays useful mainly to undergraduate studentsEmmanuel MelissarisModern Law ReviewSeptember 2003there is no doubt that this book is an excellent 'state of the discipline' account of a discipline whose connections with the themes constitutive of 'modernity' may never be untied.Philip HarrisThe Law TeacherApril 2004
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About Dr. Max Travers

Reza Banakar is a Reader in Law at the University of Westminster.Max Travers teaches at the University of Tasmania.
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