David Nelken is Distinguished Professor of Legal Institutions and Social Change at the University of Macerata in Italy, and Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Cardiff University, UK. He is also the Visiting Professor of Criminology at Oxford University’s Centre of Criminology. He has published more than twenty books and numerous papers in the areas of legal and social theory, criminology and sociology of law. In 1985, he received a Distinguished Scholar Award (for 'The Limits of the Legal Process') from the American Sociological Association. Recently, in 2013, he was presented with the International Scholar Award by the U.S. Law & Society Association, and Cambridge University awarded him an LL.D. degree.
The Limits of the Legal Process: A Study of Landlords, Law and Crimeby David Nelken
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This classic and pathbreaking study in the sociology of law has won multiple academic awards for its insight, clarity, and broad import in examining the UK's Rent Acts and landlord behavior over a period of time in the 1960s and 1970s. Not just a revelation of the unintended consequences of well-meaning tenant reforms—though it certainly does lay bare the bizarre side-effects of a law presented as protecting tenants from unscrupulous landlords—the book is a deeper penetration into the very notion of reform legislation, class dominance, competing interests, and the counter-use of reformist law as a weapon by those intended to be regulated. The study questions the very notion of who really was the intended beneficiary or target of some of the housing reforms passed by Parliament to much fanfare and chest-thumping. This makes the study more than a close-up picture of housing law and abuse; the author uses this fascinating field (including case files, interviews, and many real-life transcripts of specific conflicts) to explore the bigger picture of the very limits of law and legal reform.
Adding a new and reflective 2013 Preface by the author, the Classics of Law & Society edition of this recognized and much-cited book includes quality ebook formatting, active Contents, and linked endnotes—and even a fully-linked subject matter Index which uses the actual pagination of the original print edition, to facilitate continuity and referencing. Links in the Index take the reader to the precise page for that entry. This high-quality and properly formatted Quid Pro Books NOOKbook edition also includes all figures and tables from the original.
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