Law and Society / Edition 10

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"Good coverage of theory, authoritative, covers many major issues."
Kenneth Mentor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

"It is comprehensive and well written. It is for students serious about learning the background of the law."
Becky da Cruz, Armstrong Atlantic University

"This text makes the field relevant to students."
Robert Koulish, Philadelphia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205820382
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/21/2011
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 284,268
  • 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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