Social Organization of Law Introductory Readings

ISBN-10: 019533034X

ISBN-13: 9780195330342

Edition: 2004

Authors: Austin Sarat, Sally Engle Merry

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Austin Sarat's The Social Organization of Law: Introductory Readings begins with a simple premise--law seeks to work in the world, to order, change, and give meaning to society--and describes legal processes as socially organized. This book connects legal studies to the study of society in two different senses. First, the readings highlight law's responsiveness to various dimensions of social stratification. They also draw attention to the questions of when, why, and how legal decisions and actions respond to the social characteristics (e.g. race, class, and gender) of those making the decisions as well as those who are subject to them. These questions inevitably raise issues of justice and fairness, highlighting the moral dimensions of legal life. Second, Sarat treats law itself as a social organization, emphasizing the complex relations between its various component parts (e.g., judges and jurors, police and prosecutors, appellate courts, and trial courts). The book examines the traditional subject of professional legal study--namely appellate court opinions--and describes some of the most pressing controversies of legal interpretation while questioning how those opinions take on meaning in social life. Sarat also questions whether those at the top of law's bureaucratic structure effectively control the behavior of others in the legal system's chain of command. This anthology provides accessible, up-to-date materials (such as readings on terrorism and the challenges it poses to law, racial profiling, and gay rights) juxtaposed to the classics of the field. Introductions to each reading, along with the notes and questions written by the author, unpack the issues and engage students, enabling them to link the material from one chapter to another. Additional suggested readings provide stimulus for further inquiry. The Social Organization of Law offers students a broad perspective that treats law as a set of institutions and practices combining moral argument, distinctive interpretive traditions, and the social organization of violence.
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List price: $103.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 596
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science, Amherst College. Thomas R. Kearns is William H. Hastie Professor of Philosophy & Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, & Social Thought, Amherst College.

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The Limits of Legal Protection
''Hockey Dad''s Death Probed as Homicide,''
''Dad Sentenced to 6 to 10 Years for Rink Death,''
DeShaney v. Winnebago
''A Crime of Self Defense,''
''In the Nation''s Capital, It''s the Season of Insecurity,''
''The Spirit of the Laws,''
What Law Is For
''Law as a Weapon in Social Conflict,''
''On Liberty,''
Lawrence v. Texas
''Law as Rhetoric, Rhetoric as Law,''
The Search for Law
Three Dilemmas of Social OrganizationAccessibility
''Before the Law,''
''Property, Authority and the Criminal Law,'' Douglas HayBureaucratic Control and Rule Following
''Violence and the Word,''
Access to Justice: The Demand for Law and Law''s
Lining Up at the Door of Law
''The Emergence and Transformation of Disputes,''
''Liability: The Legal Revolution and Its Consequences,''
''The Crisis Is Injuries, Not Liability,''
''How Jury Decided How Much the Coffee Spill Was Worth,''
''Jurors'' Judgments of Business Liability in Tort Cases,''
Lawyers in Civil Cases
''Lawyers and Consumer Protection Laws,''
''The Justice Broker: Lawyers and Ordinary Litigation,''
''The Impact of Legal Counsel on Outcomes for Poor Tenants in New York City''sHousing Court,''
Whose Law Is It Anyway?
Rusk v. Maryland
''Rape,'' Susan Estrich
''Risking Relationships,''
''Rights Talk and the Experience of Law,''
Who Speaks and Who Is Heard: The Continuing Significance of Class
Goldberg v. Kelley
''Subordination, Rhetorical Survival Skills, and Sunday Shoes,''
''Dependency by Law,''
Severity and Leniency: Administering a System of Discretionary Justice
From Severity to Leniency: Plea Bargaining and the Possibility of Justice
''American Courts: Process and Policy,''
Scott v. United States
''Torture and Plea Bargaining,''
Lawyers in Criminal Cases
''Convictability and Discordant Locales,''
''Understanding Lawyers'' Ethics,''
''Fine Line in Indictment: Defense vs. Complicity,''
''Defending White Collar Crime,''
''The Practice of Law as a Confidence Game,''
Juries in Criminal Cases: Biased or Conscientious Judgment
''Trial By Jury,''
''Are Twelve Heads Better Than One?''
''Jury Duty: When History and Life Coincide,''
''When Race Trumps Truth in Court,''
United States v. Thomas
''Federal Sentencing Guidelines: A View From the Bench,''
Ewing v. California
''Thirty Years of Sentencing Reform,''
''Sizing up Sentences,''
Organizing Law''s Violence
Policing the Police
''Justice Without Trial,''
''Broken Windows,''
''Policing Disorder,''
''Profiles in Justice? Police Discretion, Symbolic Assailants, and Stereotyping,''
''The Myth of Racial Profiling,''
Tennessee v. Garner
''Officers in Bronx Fire 41 Shots, and an Unarmed Man Is Killed,'' Michael Cooper New York Times
''To Shoot or Not? Fellow Officers Say They Fear Facing Same Decision,''
''Want to Torture? Get a Warrant,''
Punishment: Imprisonment
''Persons and Punishment,''
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