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This is a timely new edition of Sharyn L Roach Anleu's invaluable introduction to the sociology of law and its role as a social institution and social process. Discussing current theory and key empirical research from a diverse range of perspectives Law and Social Change gives relevant examples, from various cultures and societies, to provide a sociological view which goes beyond more jurisprudential approaches to law and society.
provides coverage of major classic and contemporary social theories of law
is informed by empirical research drawn from several countries/societies
includes up to date and relevant examples
This thoroughly updated edition engages with modern scholarship, and recent research, on globalization whilst also looking at related issue such as the internationalization of law and human rights.
It explores recent reforms at local and national levels, including issues of migration and refugees, the regulation of 'anti-social' behaviour, and specialist or problem solving courts and also provides a clear, accessible introduction to research methods used in the socio-legal field.
Direct and wide-ranging this text will be essential reading for students and researchers on social science and law courses and in particular, those taking sociology, legal theory, criminology and criminal justice studies.
Preface to first edition vi
Preface to second edition ix
List of figures x
1 Introduction: the meanings of law 1
2 Law in classical social theory 14
3 Contemporary social theory and law 40
4 The legal profession 82
5 Dispute resolution 115
6 Social control 148
7 Feminism and legal reform 183
8 Rights and citizenship 211
9 Conclusion 243
Cases cited 289