9781881798408

Introduction to the Sociology of Law

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2003-01-15
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner

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Summary

This completely revised edition updates and expands coverage of the new postmodernist and semiotic theories, while providing clear and concise summaries of other contemporary and "classic" theorists. Chapter topics include:Classic theories: Durkheim, Weber, and Marx.Sociological jurisprudence and legal realism; critical legal studies and critical race theory; and feminist jurisprudence.Structural functionalism; Autopoiesis; and the behavior of law.Legal Semiotics; and a Marxist semiotic perspective.Semiotics and Postmodern perspectives in law.

Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition iii
Acknowledgments iv
About the author viii
Foreword ix
Stuart Henry
Introduction 1(28)
Defining the domain of inquiry
Definition of law
Functions of law
Law and the fulfillment of social values.
PART 1: THE CLASSIC THEORISTS: FOUNDATIONS FOR A SOCIOLOGY OF LAW
Toward a Systematic Sociology of Law
29(16)
Emile Durkheim
Introduction
Evolution of society and social solidarity
The abnormal forms
Form of law, contract and legal thought
Property
Summary.
Law in Economy and Society
45(32)
Max Weber
Introduction
Capitalism and law
Form of law and legal thought
Insoluble conflict: formal versus substantive rationality
Domination and law
Capitalism, bureaucracy and rationalization
The contract and the juridic subject
Freedom and coercion in law
Summary.
Law in a Political Economy
77(32)
Karl Marx
Introduction
Marxist perspectives
Mode of production and law
Domination, form of law, and the juridic subject
Pashukanis and commodity-exchange: commodity and legal fetishism
Late capitalism
Property and contract
Withering away of the state, law and the juridic subject
Dialectics of struggle
Summary.
PART 2: CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF LAW
Between Legal Science and Sociology of Law
109(46)
Introduction
Sociological jurisprudence and legal realism
Roscoe Pound: sociological jurisprudence
Legal realism: realistic jurisprudence
Summary.
Critical legal studies
Introduction
Theoretical orientation
Substantive issues
CLS and deconstruction
CLS and reconstruction
Summary. Feminist jurisprudence
Introduction
Women's rights movement
Case material: landmark decisions concerning gender
Equality theory and sexual difference
Feminist legal methods
Summary.
Critical race theory
Introduction
Historical development
Basic tenets
Method: Jurisprudence of (in) color
Narratives and story telling
Intersectionality
Summary.
Structural Functionalism, Autopoiesis, and the Behavior of Law
155(70)
Introduction
Structural functionalism and the sociology of law
Introduction
structural functionalism and the sociology of law
Niklas Luhmann
Evolution of law
Law and its functions
Summary. Autopoiesis and law
Introduction
Structural coupling
Summary. The behavior of law and the sociology of the case
Introduction
The behavior of law
The sociology of the case
Summary.
Legal Semiotics and a Marxist Semiotic Perspective in Law
225(1)
Introduction
Legal semiotics
Introduction
Peircian legal semiotics
Summary.
Greimasian legal semiotics
The semiotic square
Narrative coherence model of law (Bernard Jackson)
Summary.
Toward a Marxist semiotic perspective in the sociology of law: a structural interpellation view
Introduction
Linguistic coordinate systems
Linguistics, hegemony and reality construction
Applications of the semiotic approach in the sociology of law: a structural interpellation view
Summary.
Semiotics and Postmodern Perspectives in Law
225(40)
Introduction
Postmodernist perspectives in the sociology of law
Introduction
Jacques Lacan and psychoanalytic semiotics
Subjectivity and discourse
Semiotic axes, embodying desire, and anchoring points
Discursive production and linguistic coordinate systems: Lacan's four discourses
Summary.
Feminist postmodernist perspectives
Introduction
The phallic symbolic order and pas-toute
Sexual differences, or sexual equality?
Standpoint epistemology, transformative politics and law
Summary.
Constitutive law
Introduction
Neither autonomy nor dependence
COREL sets
Toward a constitutive definition of harm
Summary.
References 265(38)
Index 303

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