Law and Society

ISBN-10: 0132318857

ISBN-13: 9780132318853

Edition: 9th 2009

Authors: Steven Vago
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Description: Law and Society 9/eprovides an informative, balanced and comprehensive analysis of the interplay between law and society. This text presents an overview of the most advanced interdisciplinary and international research, theoretical advances, ongoing debates and controversies. It raises new levels of awareness on the structure and functions of law and legal systems and the principal players in the legal arena and their impact on our lives.

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Book details

List price: $121.00
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/17/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Overview
Definitions of Law
Types of Law
Major Legal Systems
Romano-Germanic System
Common-Law System
Socialist Legal System
Islamic Legal System
Functions of Law
Social Control
Dispute Settlement
Social Change
Dysfunctions of Law
Paradigms of Society
The Consensus Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
Options for Sociologists
Summary
Suggested Further Readings
References
Theoretical Perspectives
Evolution of Legal Systems
Primitive Legal Systems
Transitional Legal Systems
Modern Legal Systems
Theories of Law and Society
The European Pioneers
Classical Sociological Theorists
Sociolegal Theorists
Contemporary Law and Society Theorists
Current Intellectual Movements in Law
The Functionalist Approach
Conflict and Marxist Approaches
Critical Legal Studies Movement
Feminist Legal Theory
Critical Race Theory
Summary
Suggested Further Readings
References
The Organization of Law
Courts
Dispute Categories
The Organization of Courts
Participants in Court Processes
The Flow of Litigation
Criminal Cases
Civil Proceedings
Legislatures
Conflict-Management Functions
Integrative Functions
The Organization of Legislatures
Participants in the Legislative Process
Administrative Agencies
The Organization of Administrative Agencies
The Administrative Process
Law Enforcement Agencies
The Organization of Law Enforcement Agencies
Police Discretion
Summary
Suggested Further Readings
References
Lawmaking
Perspectives on Lawmaking
Legislation
Administrative Lawmaking
Administrative Rulemaking
Administrative Adjudication
Judicial Lawmaking
Lawmaking by Precedents
The Interpretation of Statutes
The Interpretation of Constitutions
Influences on the Lawmaking Process
Interest Groups
Public Opinion
Lawmaking and Social Science
Sources of Impetus for Law
Detached Scholarly Diagnosis
A Voice from the Wilderness
Protest Activity
Social Movements
Public-Interest Groups
The Mass Media
Summary
Suggested Further Readings
References
Law and Social Control
Informal Social Controls
Formal Social Controls
Criminal Sanctions
Discord over the Death Penalty
Civil Commitment
Crimes Without Victims
Drug Addiction
Prostitution
Gambling
White-Collar Crime
Social Control of Dissent
Administrative Law and Social Control
Licensing
Inspection
Threat of Publicity
Summary
Suggested Further Readings
References
Law and Dispute Resolution
A Note on Terminology
Methods of Dispute Resolution
Primary Resolution Processes
Hybrid Resolution Processes
Demands for Court Services in Dispute Resolution
Variations in Litigation Rates
Prerequisites for the Use of Courts in Dispute Resolution
A Typology of Litigants
Disputes Between Individuals
Disputes Between Individuals and Organizations
Law as a Method of Dispute Resolution in Academe
The Courts as Collection Agencies
Disputes Between Organizations
Public-Interest Law Firms in Environmental Disputes
Summary
Suggested Further Readings
References
Law and Social Change
Reciprocity Between Law and Social Change
Social Changes as Causes of Legal Changes
Law as an Instrument of Social Change
The Efficacy of Law as an Instrument of Social Change
Advantages of Law in Creating Social Change
Legitimate Authority
The Binding Force of Law
Sanctions
Limitations of Law in Creating Social Change
Law as a Policy Instrument
Morality and Values
Resistance to Change
Social Factors
Psychological Factors
Cultural Factors
Economic Factors
Summary
Suggested Further Readings
References
The Legal Profession
Background
The Professionalization of Lawyers
The Evolution of the American Legal Profession
The Profession Today
Where the Lawyers Are
Private Practice
Government
Private Employment
Judiciary
Lawyers and Money
Competition for Business
Legal Services for the Poor and the Not So Poor
Law Schools
Socialization into the Profession
Bar Admission
Bar Associations as Interest Groups
Professional Discipline
Summary
Suggested Further Readings
References
Researching Law in Society
Methods of Inquiry
Historical Methods
Observational Methods
Experimental Methods
Survey Methods
The Impact of Sociology on Social Policy
Contributions of Sociology to Policy Recommendations
Contributions of Sociology to Enacted Policy
Evaluation Research and Impact Studies
Summary
Suggested Further Readings
References
Index
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