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Law and Society, 10th Edition

By Steven Vago

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 3, 2011

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For one-semester undergraduate courses in Law and Society, Sociology of Law, Introduction to Law, and a variety of criminal justice courses offered in departments of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Political Science.

 

Examines the interplay between law and society. 

 

Law and Society, 10e provides 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. In addition, it looks at the legal system the context of race, class, and gender and considers multicultural and cross-cultural issues in a contemporary and interdisciplinary context. 

 

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Table of Contents

In this section:

1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

2. COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

 

1.BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

PREFACE

 

1.   INTRODUCTION

2.   THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES

3.   THE ORGANIZATION OF LAW

4.   LAWMAKING

5.   LAW AND SOCIAL CONTROL

6.   LAW AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION

7.   LAW AND SOCIAL CHANGE

8.   THE LEGAL PROFESSION

9.    RESEARCHING LAW IN SOCIETY

 

2. COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

PREFACE

 

1.         INTRODUCTION

            OVERVIEW

            DEFINITIONS OF LAW

            TYPES OF LAW

            MAJOR LEGAL SYSTEMS

                        Romano-Germanic System

                        Common-Law System

                        Socialist Legal System

                        Islamic Legal System

             PRINCIPAL 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

 

2.         THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES

            THE 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

 

3.         THE ORGANIZATION OF LAW

            COURTS

                        Dispute Categories

                        The Organization of Courts

                        Participants in Court Processes

                        The Flow of Litigation

            LEGISLATURES

                        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

 

4.         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

                        Law making 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

 

5.         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

            SUMMARY

            SUGGESTED FURTHER READINGS

            REFERENCES

 

6.         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

 

7.         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

 

8.         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

            REVENUE STREAMS:  LAWYERS AND MONEY

            COMPETITION FOR BUSINESS

            LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE POOR AND NOT SO POOR

            LAW SCHOOLS

                        Socialization into the Profession

            BAR ADMISSION

            BAR ASSOCIATIONS AS INTEREST GROUPS

            PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE

            SUMMARY

            SUGGESTED FURTHER READINGS

            REFERENCES

 

9.         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

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