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Law and Society, 10th Edition

By Steven Vago

Published by Routledge

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 in the context of race, class, and gender and considers multicultural and cross-cultural issues in a contemporary and interdisciplinary context.

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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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