This textbook on the sociology of law is organised according to
the theoretical traditions of sociology, and oriented towards
providing an accessible, but sophisticated, introduction to, and
overview of, the central themes, problems and debates in this
field. The book employs an international range of examples -
including the state, minority rights, terrorism, family violence,
the legal profession, pornography, mediation, religious tolerance,
and euthanasia - in order to distinguish a sociological approach to
law from 'black-letter', jurisprudential and empirical
policy-oriented traditions. Beginning with 'classical', 'consensus'
and 'critical' sociological approaches, the book covers the full
range of contemporary perspectives, including the new
institutionalism, feminism, the interpretive tradition,
postmodernism, legal pluralism and globalisation. It then concludes
with a consideration of current theoretical issues, as well as a
reflection upon the importance of a sociological approach to
Understanding Law and Society provides a clear, but critical,
discussion of the relevant literature, along with study questions
and guides to further reading. It is designed to support courses in
law and society and in the sociology of law, but will also be of
value to others with interests in these areas.
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