Encyclopedia of Law and Society
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Encyclopedia of Law and Society
American and Global Perspectives

Three Volume Set

© 2007 | 1 808 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"This work will be very valuable for academic and public libraries supporting prelaw, law, social, and cultural studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers."
—CHOICE

There are two aspects of scholarship about the legal systems of our day that are especially salient—one being for the first time there is a fair amount of genuine research on legal systems, and two, that this research is increasingly global. As soon as you cross a jurisdictional line, even if it separates countries that are very similar, you enter a different legal system. It cannot be assumed that any particular rule, doctrine, or practice is the same in any two jurisdictions, regardless of how close these jurisdictions are, in terms of history and tradition.

The Encyclopedia of Law and Society is the largest comprehensive and international treatment of the law and society field. With an Advisory Board of 62 members from 20 countries and six continents, the three volumes of this state-of-the-art resource represent interdisciplinary perspectives on law from sociology, criminology, cultural anthropology, political science, social psychology, and economics. By globalizing the Encyclopedia's coverage, American and international law and society will be better understood within its historical and comparative context.

Key Features:  
  • Includes more than 700 biographical entries that are historical, comparative, topical, thematic, and methodological
  • Presents the rich diversity of European, Latin American, Asian, African, and Australasian developments for the first time in one place to reveal the truly holistic, interdisciplinary virtues of law and society
  • Examines how and why legal systems grow and change, how and why they respond (or fail to respond) to their environment, how and why they impact the life of society, and how and why the life of society impacts in turn these legal systems
With borders more porous than ever before, this Encyclopedia reflects the paradoxical reality of modern life, including legal life. This valuable resource aims to present research, along with the theories on which it is grounded, fairly and comprehensively and is a must-have for all academic libraries.

“No comparable work exists, making this encyclopedia a valuable contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship. Its sophistication makes it most suitable for academic and large public libraries.”
Mary Rumsey, University of Minnesota Library

Mary Rumsey,
University of Minnesota Library
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“Designed as a survey of 'sociolegal' studies, this encyclopedia provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of law and society. Over 500 contributors with a variety of educational backgrounds or experience living outside North America wrote the 667 signed articles. The topics are arranged alphabetically, with a detailed list of entries and an index making it easy to locate information. Eleven themes explained in the introductory material permit researchers to thoroughly investigate a particular subject. Theme 1, biographies in law and society, includes 125 brief biographies. Theme 2, law and society activities in regions and countries, underscores the global nature of scholarship on modern legal systems. Theme 3, law and society methodology research, explains the patient, rigorous research methods used. Theme 4, demography of law, is concerned with the grouping of peoples. Theme 5-11 reflect standard academic disciplines. Each article includes a bibliography and cross-references other topics. This work will be very valuable for academic and public libraries supporting prelaw, law, social, and cultural studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers."
—CHOICE

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