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Studies in Law, Politics and Society continues the tradition of annually publishing interdisciplinary research on law with a critical focus that was begun in Research in Law and Sociology and carried forward in Research in Law, Deviance and Social Control. The new title describes an expanded focus and a broader audience of legal scholars who study (a) the intersection of legal thought and consciousness and the development of legal practices and institutions and (b) the development of legal thought and practices.

The research spans a wide range of law related subjects including law and inequality, feminist jurisprudence, racial oppression and law, legal institutions and communities, and the ways law is used by political authorities or by ordinary citizens. Legal scholarship produced from an historical, comparative or ethnographic perspective is of special interest.

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This volume of Studies in Law, Politics, and Society presents a diverse array of articles by an interdisciplinary group of scholars. Their work covers several social science disciplines as well as law. Some of the articles published in this issue examine the interactions of law and "vulnerable" populations. Here research illustrates the complex ways law can be used by those groups as well as the impact of law on their lives. Other articles focus on indigenous groups and particular legal controversies in which they are involved. Taken together they exemplify the exciting and innovative work now being done in interdisciplinary legal scholarship

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Academics from the fields of law, political science, sociology, and English contribute nine articles exploring the law's interaction with civil society. The articles have been organized by Sarat (law and political science, Amherst College) and Ewick (sociology, Clark U.) into four sections related to: the status of the legal family, punishment, national sovereignty, and theory. Specific topics treated include the politics of same-sex marriage, the legal rhetorical strategies of the notion of "civil" versus "savage," the detection of remorse in relation to sentencing, and the strategies of democratizing forces in Mexico in the past decade. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Judging knowledge : the court as arbiter of social scientific knowledge and expertise in LGBT custody and adoption cases 3
Fathers' rights, feminism and Canadian divorce law reform : 1998-2003 29
Anatomy of Hollywood's hero-lawyer : a law-and-film study of the Western motifs, honor-based values and gender politics underlying Anatomy of a murder's construction of the lawyer image 67
Unreasonable doubt : manipulating jurors' perceptions in a closing argument at trial 107
When rights collide : anti-abortion protests and the ideological dilemma in Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo, Inc. V. Williams 145
Communication, power, and critique : toward a critical theory of everyday resistance 191
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