Law, Justice and Society

Law, Justice and Society

by Anthony Walsh
     
 

Film and television interpretations of the legal system have captured the imagination of the American public, but how does the law really work? More specifically, how does it shape other social institutions and interact with other academic disciplines? Law, Justice, and Society: A Sociolegal Introduction offers a compelling overview of the

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Film and television interpretations of the legal system have captured the imagination of the American public, but how does the law really work? More specifically, how does it shape other social institutions and interact with other academic disciplines? Law, Justice, and Society: A Sociolegal Introduction offers a compelling overview of the law, its eventful history, and its sociological implications.

In this unique collaborative effort, renowned scholars Anthony Walsh and Craig Hemmens draw from their own research and first-hand experiences to examine the origins of the law; the history and development of the American legal system; the sociology of law; court structure; and the difference between civil and criminal law. This text provides students with a deeper understanding of five primary topics:

* The role of law in society
* The courts, lawmaking, and criminal substantive and procedural law
* The rule of law (including due process)
* Comparative law
* The law's treatment of minorities and minors, including a chapter on the legal dynamics of race and ethnicity

Mary K. Stohr, a respected scholar in feminist criminal justice, contributes a chapter on women and the law. Pedagogical features include tables, extensive chapter bibliographies, a glossary of terms, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and lists of cases.

Engaging and accessible, Law, Justice, and Society is a lively guide to a vital and ever-changing institution in which we are all potential participants.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900199757939
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Edition description:
OE

Table of Contents


Preface     viii
Acknowledgments     xi
Law: Its Function and Purpose     1
Justice and the Law     27
Making Law     55
Federal and State Courts     83
Crime and Criminal Law     107
Criminal Procedure     131
Civil and Administrative Law     159
Juvenile Justice     187
The Law and Social Control     211
The Law and Social Change     241
Women and the Law   Mary K. Stohr     269
Racial Minorities and the Law     295
Comparative Law: Law in Other Cultures     323
Appendixes     351
Glossary     371
Table of Cases     391
Index     394

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