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Law and Society, 9th edition provides an informative, balanced and comprehensive analysis of the interplay between law and society. This text presents an overview of the most advanced interdisciplinary and international research, theoretical advances, ongoing debates and controversies. It raises new levels of awareness on the structure and functions of law and legal systems and the principal players in the legal arena and their impact on our lives.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Overviewp. 2
Definitions of Lawp. 8
Types of Lawp. 11
Major Legal Systemsp. 12
Romano-Germanic Systemp. 13
Common-Law Systemp. 13
Socialist Legal Systemp. 13
Islamic Legal Systemp. 17
Functions of Lawp. 19
Social Controlp. 19
Dispute Settlementp. 20
Social Changep. 21
Dysfunctions of Lawp. 22
Paradigms of Societyp. 23
The Consensus Perspectivep. 24
The Conflict Perspectivep. 25
Options for Sociologistsp. 27
Summaryp. 28
Suggested Further Readingsp. 30
Referencesp. 32
Theoretical Perspectivesp. 39
Evolution of Legal Systemsp. 40
Primitive Legal Systemsp. 42
Transitional Legal Systemsp. 43
Modern Legal Systemsp. 45
Theories of Law and Societyp. 46
The European Pioneersp. 47
Classical Sociological Theoristsp. 50
Sociolegal Theoristsp. 55
Contemporary Law and Society Theoristsp. 59
Current Intellectual Movements in Lawp. 63
The Functionalist Approachp. 63
Conflict and Marxist Approachesp. 66
Critical Legal Studies Movementp. 68
Feminist Legal Theoryp. 69
Critical Race Theoryp. 73
Summaryp. 75
Suggested Further Readingsp. 77
Referencesp. 80
The Organization of Lawp. 89
Courtsp. 89
Dispute Categoriesp. 90
The Organization of Courtsp. 92
Participants in Court Processesp. 94
The Flow of Litigationp. 113
Criminal Casesp. 113
Civil Proceedingsp. 120
Legislaturesp. 120
Conflict-Management Functionsp. 121
Integrative Functionsp. 121
The Organization of Legislaturesp. 122
Participants in the Legislative Processp. 123
Administrative Agenciesp. 128
The Organization of Administrative Agenciesp. 130
The Administrative Processp. 132
Law Enforcement Agenciesp. 135
The Organization of Law Enforcement Agenciesp. 139
Police Discretionp. 143
Summaryp. 146
Suggested Further Readingsp. 148
Referencesp. 151
Lawmakingp. 163
Perspectives on Lawmakingp. 163
Legislationp. 166
Administrative Lawmakingp. 168
Administrative Rulemakingp. 168
Administrative Adjudicationp. 170
Judicial Lawmakingp. 170
Lawmaking by Precedentsp. 172
The Interpretation of Statutesp. 173
The Interpretation of Constitutionsp. 174
Influences on the Lawmaking Processp. 175
Interest Groupsp. 175
Public Opinionp. 178
Lawmaking and Social Sciencep. 181
Sources of Impetus for Lawp. 184
Detached Scholarly Diagnosisp. 184
A Voice from the Wildernessp. 186
Protest Activityp. 187
Social Movementsp. 188
Public-Interest Groupsp. 189
The Mass Mediap. 191
Summaryp. 194
Suggested Further Readingsp. 195
Referencesp. 197
Law and Social Controlp. 203
Informal Social Controlsp. 204
Formal Social Controlsp. 207
Criminal Sanctionsp. 208
Discord over the Death Penaltyp. 213
Civil Commitmentp. 224
Crimes Without Victimsp. 227
Drug Addictionp. 228
Prostitutionp. 234
Gamblingp. 236
White-Collar Crimep. 241
Social Control of Dissentp. 246
Administrative Law and Social Controlp. 251
Licensingp. 252
Inspectionp. 253
Threat of Publicityp. 254
Summaryp. 255
Suggested Further Readingsp. 257
Referencesp. 261
Law and Dispute Resolutionp. 271
A Note on Terminologyp. 271
Methods of Dispute Resolutionp. 273
Primary Resolution Processesp. 275
Hybrid Resolution Processesp. 280
Demands for Court Services in Dispute Resolutionp. 284
Variations in Litigation Ratesp. 289
Prerequisites for the Use of Courts in Dispute Resolutionp. 296
A Typology of Litigantsp. 298
Disputes Between Individualsp. 299
Disputes Between Individuals and Organizationsp. 305
Law as a Method of Dispute Resolution in Academep. 307
The Courts as Collection Agenciesp. 311
Disputes Between Organizationsp. 314
Public-Interest Law Firms in Environmental Disputesp. 316
Summaryp. 318
Suggested Further Readingsp. 320
Referencesp. 322
Law and Social Changep. 331
Reciprocity Between Law and Social Changep. 332
Social Changes as Causes of Legal Changesp. 334
Law as an Instrument of Social Changep. 337
The Efficacy of Law as an Instrument of Social Changep. 341
Advantages of Law in Creating Social Changep. 342
Legitimate Authorityp. 343
The Binding Force of Lawp. 345
Sanctionsp. 346
Limitations of Law in Creating Social Changep. 348
Law as a Policy Instrumentp. 350
Morality and Valuesp. 351
Resistance to Changep. 354
Social Factorsp. 355
Psychological Factorsp. 357
Cultural Factorsp. 360
Economic Factorsp. 361
Summaryp. 362
Suggested Further Readingsp. 363
Referencesp. 364
The Legal Professionp. 370
Backgroundp. 370
The Professionalization of Lawyersp. 371
The Evolution of the American Legal Professionp. 375
The Profession Todayp. 381
Where the Lawyers Arep. 385
Private Practicep. 385
Governmentp. 390
Private Employmentp. 391
Judiciaryp. 392
Lawyers and Moneyp. 393
Competition for Businessp. 401
Legal Services for the Poor and the Not So Poorp. 406
Law Schoolsp. 410
Socialization into the Professionp. 418
Bar Admissionp. 422
Bar Associations as Interest Groupsp. 425
Professional Disciplinep. 428
Summaryp. 432
Suggested Further Readingsp. 434
Referencesp. 437
Researching Law in Societyp. 447
Methods of Inquiryp. 447
Historical Methodsp. 449
Observational Methodsp. 451
Experimental Methodsp. 453
Survey Methodsp. 456
The Impact of Sociology on Social Policyp. 458
Contributions of Sociology to Policy Recommendationsp. 459
Contributions of Sociology to Enacted Policyp. 463
Evaluation Research and Impact Studiesp. 465
Summaryp. 470
Suggested Further Readingsp. 472
Referencesp. 473
Indexp. 479
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