Law and Society An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0131946609

ISBN-13: 9780131946606

Edition: 2008

Authors: Steven E. Barkan
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Description: Law and Society iswritten to be highly accessible to the average undergraduate student.nbsp; This multidisciplinary text draws on the work of anthropologists, historians, law professors, political scientists, psychologists, and sociologists to clearly outline how law is an essential social institution that shapes society, while also being shaped by it.

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List price: $103.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Preface
The Social Nature and Significance of Law
The Significance of Law for Society and for Ourselves
The Social Functions of Law
The Dysfunctions of Law
The Study of Law and Society
Traditional and Social Science Views of Law
Assumptions in the Study of Law and Society
What Does Law and Society Study?
Law and Justice
The Case of the Speluncean Explorers
Law and Logic in Tumultuous Times
The Plan of the Book
Summary
Key Terms
Understanding Law and Society
What Is Law?
Selected Definitions of Law
Definitions of Law and the Existence of Law
Explanations of Law
Early Approaches
Contemporary Perspectives
Summary
Key Terms
Families and Types of Law
Families of Law
Common Law
Civil Law
Theocratic Law
Socialist Law
Traditional Law
Types of Law in the United States
Criminal Law
Civil Law
Executive Orders
Administrative Law
Other Distinctions
Special Topics
Military Law and Military Justice
Native American Law
International Law
Summary
Key Terms
Law and Dispute Processing
The Disputing Process
Stages in the Disputing Process
Methods of Dispute Processing
Explaining Dispute Processing Decisions
Societal Factors
Individual Factors
Dispute Processing in the United States
Dispute Processing and Litigiousness: Then and Now
Legal Consciousness and Going (or Not Going) to Court
The Litigation Crisis Controversy
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Summary
Key Terms
Law and Social Control
Law, Deterrence, and Incapacitation
Deterrence: Conceptual Considerations
Research on Deterrence
The Issue of Incapacitation
Law, Morality, and Consensual Crime
Philosophical Considerations
Social Science Considerations
Repealing Consensual Crime Laws?
Special Topics in Law and Social Control
The Death Penalty Controversy
White-Collar Crime
Summary
Key Terms
Law and Social Change
The Impact of Social Change on Law: Law as Dependent Variable
Social Change and Fundamental Legal Change
Social Change and Specific Legal Developments
The Impact of Law on Social Change: Law as Independent Variable
Aspects of the Law to Social Change Relationship
The Limits of Law as a Social Change Vehicle
Problems in Assessing Legal Impact
Conditions That Maximize the Potential Impact of Legal Change
Law and Social Movements
Use of Law by Social Movements
Use of Law Against Social Movements
Summary
Key Terms
Law and Inequality
Law and Inequality in the American Past
Social Class
Race and Ethnicity
Gender
Contemporary Evidence
Social Class
Race and Ethnicity
Gender
Summary
Key Terms
The Legal Profession
Images and Perceptions of Lawyers
Reasons for the Negative Image
The Positive Image: Lawyer as Hero
History of the Legal Profession
Early Origins of Lawyers
Origin and Development of the American Legal Profession
The U.S. Legal Profession Today
Growth and Demographics of the Legal Profession
The Stratification and Social Organization of the Bar
Cause Lawyering
Women in the Law
Legal Ethics and Corruption
Satisfaction with Legal Careers
Law School and Legal Education
The Growth of the American Law School
Critique and Defense of Legal Education Today
Summary
Key Terms
Courts and Juries
Criminal Courts in the United States
Understanding the Criminal Court
Normal Crimes and the Courtroom Workgroup
Plea Bargaining: Evil, Necessary Evil, or Not Evil?
The Jury in Democratic Society
History of the Jury
How Well Does the Jury Perform?
The Issue of Jury Nullification
Summary
Key Terms
References
Glossary
Index
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