The Law and Society Reader II

The Law and Society Reader II

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Law and society scholars challenge the

common belief that law is simply a neutral tool by which society sets standards

and resolves disputes. Decades of research shows how much the nature of

communities, organizations, and the people inhabiting them affect how law

works. Just as much, law shapes beliefs, behaviors, and wider social

structures, but the connections are much more nuanced-and surprising-than many


Law and Society

Reader II

provides readers an accessible overview to the breadth of recent developments

in this research tradition, bringing to life the developments in this dynamic

field. Following up a first Law and

Society Reader published in 1995, editors Erik W. Larson and Patrick D.

Schmidt have compiled excerpts of 43 illuminating articles published since 1993

in The Law & Society Review, the

flagship journal of the Law and Society Association.

By its organization

and approach, this volume enables readers to join in discussing the key ideas

of law and society research. The selections highlight the core insights and

developments in this research tradition, making these works indispensable for

those exploring the field and ideal for classroom use. Across six

concisely-introduced sections, this volume analyzes inequality, lawyering, the

relation between law and organizations, and the place of law in relation to

other social institutions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 178 x 203 x 22.86mm | 771g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0814770614
  • 9780814770610
  • 1,968,880

Table of contents

Acknowledgments xi Introduction 1 Erik Larson and Patrick Schmidt Part I: Inequalities Does Law Benefit Those with the Most Resources? 7 1. Do the "Haves" Still Come Out Ahead? 13 Joel B. Grossman, Herbert M. Kritzer, and Stewart Macaulay 2. The Rule of Law and the Litigation Process: The Paradox of Losing by Winning 16 Catherine Albiston 3. The Good Case: Decisions to Litigate at the World Trade Organization 24 Joseph A. Conti How Do Authority and Power Influence the Implementation of Law? 4. Convictability and Discordant Locales: Reproducing Race, Class, and Gender Ideology in Prosecutorial Decisionmaking 35 Lisa Frohmann 5. The Reconstitution of Law in Local Settings: Agency Discretion, Ambiguity, and a Surplus of Law in the Policing of Hate Crime 42 Ryken Grattet and Valerie Jenness Can Rights-Based Litigation Address Inequalities? 6. Popular Constitutionalism's Hard When You're Not Very Popular: Why the ACLU Turned to Courts 55 Emily Zackin 7. Beyond Backlash: Assessing the Impact of Judicial Decisions on LGBT Rights 62 Thomas M. Keck For Full Description Visit:
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"The Law & Society Reader II is a cornucopia of knowledge and insight on the biggest questions in the sociolegal tradition. Co-editors Larson and Schmidt have done a fabulous job selecting, organizing, editing, and introducing many of best articles over the last two decades into an invaluable resource for researchers and teachers. Every serious sociolegal scholar needs to have this volume." -- Michael McCann,Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship, University of Washington "The Law & Society Reader II offers academics, students, and the general public a diverse, comprehensive window on some of the most innovative interdisciplinary scholarship on law produced in recent decades. It highlights how the field has become globalized and increasingly aware of the ways in which consciousness infuses legality. The Reader provides an accessible introduction to those new to the field and an indispensable overview for others already familiar with particular facets." -- Richard Abel,editor of The Law & Society Reader, 1995 "An important antidote to the still dominant approach in law schools that teaches legal doctrine via isolated appellate opinions. This book puts law, lawyers, and legal institutions in their social and cultural context. Larson and Schmidt provide an engaging follow-up volume to Rick Abels groundbreaking 1995 reader, effectively excerpting recent articles from the leading socio-legal studies journal, the Law & Society Review." -- Laura E. Gomez,University of California, Los Angeles "In this volume Larson and Schmidt have creatively captured the spirit and diversity of law and society research published over the last 20+ years." -- Herbert M. Kritzer,editor, Law & Society Review, 2003-07 "Offering a stunning collection of disciplinarily diverse, cutting-edge research . . . this collection describes the way law works as a system of ideas, as a source of social identity, and as a force of social organization, inequality, as well as equality and social change. . . . The anthology will be very useful for students seeking access to this flourishing field of scholarship at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and others who simply want an overview of how law works." -- Susan S. Silbey,Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Sociology and Anthropology, MIT
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About Erik Larson

Erik Larson is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Co-Director of Legal Studies at Macalester College. Patrick Schmidt is Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of Legal Studies at Macalester College. He is the author of Lawyers and Regulation: The Politics of the Administrative Process, Conducting Law and Society Research: Reflections on Methods and Practices (with Simon Halliday), and the editor of Human Rights Brought Home: Socio-Legal Studies of Human Rights in the National Context (with Simon Halliday).
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