The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society is an authoritative
study of the relationship between law and social interaction.
Thirty-three original essays by an international group of expert
scholars examine a wide range of critical questions, covering
topics such as the various legal systems favored by different
societies and cultures, the effect that law has on scientific and
technical advancement, and how legal institutions have embraced and
constructed, as well as silenced and stigmatized, various national,
social, cultural, and personal identities. Authors represent
various theoretical, methodological, and political commitments -
from positivism to interpretivism, from rational choice to critical
scholarship, from radical to policy-oriented research, and from the
new institutionalism to cultural studies. Each chapter reviews the
state of knowledge in its area, emphasizing key research findings,
theoretical developments, methodological controversies, and points
the way for new inquiry. The result is a collection that is useful,
engaging, and responsible, but also provocative. Contributors are
drawn from many different countries and cultures, reflecting the
world-wide significance of North American law and society
scholarship, and engaging the exciting work now being done in
England, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, South Africa, and
Israel. The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society provides a
definitive resource, offering the first truly global overview of
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