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From the Publisher"Mathieu Deflem's book is a most timely overview of the sociology of law. It brings together a vision of the classical tradition before attending to a comprehensive survey of recent contributions to what has become an increasingly diversified field. He lays the basis for a fruitful engagement between these different strands. Participants will be more aware of the interacting visions of the field and will, hopefully, talk to each other again."
- Alan Hunt, Chancellor's Professor, Carleton University
"A most welcome immodest effort carried out with aplomb and clarity in the best tradition of scholarship! A learned book that takes ideas and students seriously in demonstrating the intertwining of theory and significant empirical topics within a distinctly sociological perspective. Necessary reading for anyone seeking a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the sociology of law."
- Gary T. Marx, Emeritus Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Mathieu Deflem's cross national vision, much less confined by national and language barriers than most work, will greatly inspire the social scientific study of law. His firm roots in general sociology advance insights that are too easily lost when new speciality areas seek refuge in niches neatly separated from their mother disciplines. I highly recommend this book to advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and scholars alike."
- Joachim J. Savelsberg, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota
"Until now, all of the diverse and valuable contributions to sociology of law have been scattered across the academic landscape. Mathieu Deflem organizes, synthesizes, and makes sense of them - so they can be used more effectively for the sociological study and understanding of law in society. If I were teaching a graduate seminar on the sociology of law, the first book assigned would be this one."
- R. E. D. Schwartz, Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School
"Mathieu Deflem, an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina's Department of Sociology, has written not only a valuable contribution to the literature on the sociology of law, he crafted a comprehensive and compelling guide on the subject....Deflem applies his expertise and meticulous research to construct a thorough treatise on the sociology of law."
- Dante Gatmaytan-Magno, University of the Philippines, College of Law,Law and Politics Book Review