Sociological Justice

Sociological Justice

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This study offers suggestions regarding the reform of the American legal system. The author proposes a new interpretation of how law functions and evolves. He draws on historical and cross-cultural studies of legal systems, and argues that law is a fundamentally social as well as judicial process, and must be analyzed and practised as such. He uses many examples to show how the outcome of legal cases varies widely according to social characteristics of all the participants in a case. He argues that as long as the legal profession subscribes to a purely judicial model of law, it will be unable to address problems such as the pervasive discrimination inherent in the American legal system, the rising economic and social costs of litigation, and the inefficiency of law as a means of social regulation. The book also suggests ways in which the legal system might be rendered less discriminatory and more

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  • Hardback | 189 pages
  • 142.24 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195054474
  • 9780195054477

About Donald Black

About the Author Donald Black is University Professor of the Social Sciences and Chairman of the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia, and has taught legal sociology at both Harvard and Yale Law Schools. He has published four other books, including the highly acclaimed The Behavior of Law, which Contemporary Sociology called "the most important contribution ever made to the sociology of law."show more

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