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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205820382
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/21/2011
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 193,668
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Steven Vago was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1937. He was a brilliant student and athlete, and at the age of only 19, he became one of the legendary Hungarian Freedom Fighters during the 1956 uprising and revolution. He escaped to Austria just prior to the closing of the border between Hungary and Austria by the Soviet Army. He made his way across Europe and eventually to the United States. Vago matriculated from the University of Alabama where he received his B. A. in Sociology. Upon graduation, Vago furthered his graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned two Ph. Ds: one in Sociology and one in Anthropology. During graduate school he was an integral part of the creation of an alcohol treatment program at Malcolm Bliss Hospital in St. Louis. Steven became part of the Department of Sociology at St. Louis University after finishing his graduate studies, and was a full professor there by the age of 37. Thereafter, he chaired the Department of Sociology several times, teaching at St. Louis University for over 30 years. During the 1970's, Steve was asked by the United Nations to work for its member agency UNESCO, and worked in Paris for several years in their Office of Population and Demography. During the years of Steve's involvement in the field of Sociology, he was frequently asked, by universities throughout the United States and Canada, to participate in a variety of discussions addressing the legal and social changes occurring in the former Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellites. In 1975, he met and married Kathe Hartley, a St. Louis on-air reporter working for the CBS-owned KMOX Radio in St. Louis. At the end of his teaching career in 2001, Steven and Kathe retired to Bellingham, Washington. Vago passed away in 2010, at the age of 73.

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Table of Contents

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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