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Origins, Interactions, and Change

December 2000 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A core text for the Law and Society or Sociology of Law course offered in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Schools of Law. · John Sutton offers an explicitly analytical perspective to the subject - how does law change? What makes law more or less effective in solving social problems? What do lawyers do? · Chapter 1 contrasts normative and sociological perspectives on law, and presents a brief primer on the logic of research and inference as it is applied to law related issues. · Theories of legal change are discussed within a common conceptual framework that highlights the explantory strengths and weaknesses of different arguments. · Discussions of "law in action" are explicitly comparative, applying a consistent model to explain the variable outcomes of civil rights legislation. · Many concrete, in-depth examples throughout the chapters.

An Introduction to the Sociology of Law
Evolutionary Theories of Legal Change
Maine and Durkheim

Law, Class Conflict and the Economy
Marxian Theory

Law and the State
Max Weber's Sociology of Law

The Problem of Law in the Activist State
Voting Rights and School Desegregation
Equal Employment Opportunity
Law as a Profession
The Transformation of Legal Practice in the Late 20th Century

"I think this book is going to be major contribution to the sociology of law. The balance between theory and substance, always a problem in this field, is very nice." 

Lauren Edelman
University of California, Berkeley

"I look forward to using this book in my undergraduate sociology of law course." 

Celesta Albonetti
Texas A&M University

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