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From the Publisher“Part socio-legal study, part oral history, and partly an education in research methods, these skillfully edited and refreshingly candid interviews illuminate the messy practicalities of the research process through the classic socio-legal lens of the gap between rules and reality. Warm and engaging, this book is compelling reading and is likely to become an essential complement to any Law and Society research methods course.”
—Bronwen Morgan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, School of Law, Bristol University
“A useful collection that reveals the messiness, serendipity and creativity involved in research. The book combines personal recollections from well-known law and society scholars with insights about defining problems, selecting research methods, and developing theory from data. The book is especially suited for those interested in qualitative research, offering excellent practical suggestions for interviewing, gaining access, taking field notes, and addressing ethical concerns.”
—Lynn Mather, Professor of Law and Political Science, University at Buffalo Law School, SUNY
“In this cleaver book, Halliday and Schmidt reveal all sides of the messy worlds socio-legal researchers encounter, question, measure, pull apart, reorganize and seek to make sense of theoretically, empirically and even to policymakers. The scope and depth of blunder and brilliance they make visible in their interviews provides a candidly rare examination of how social knowledge is produced through the empirical study of law. Conducting Law and Society Research is surely a “must read” for social scientists and legal scholars, but also for anyone interested in exploring how we think we know what we are doing as we research law in society.”
—Christine B. Harrington, Founding Director of the Institute for Law and Society and Law and Society Program, and Professor in the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University.
"...CONDUCTING LAW AND SOCIETY RESEARCH is a stimulating book that provides important suggestions and advice regarding how one conducts research and about the habits of mind one may seek to develop to sustain an outstanding program of research...skillfully edited interview transcripts."
—Mark Kessler, Department of History and Government, Texas Woman's University, The Law and Politics Book Review