Law in Our Lives : An Introduction

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-07-28
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Law in Our Lives is a law and society text that provides an interdisciplinary "mapping" of the nature of law as a social institution. The book is student-oriented and highly readable. Themes addressed include: * The meaning of law and legal reasoning. * Law in relation to justice, morality, and religion. * Explaining law and society: schools of jurisprudence and sociolegal theories. * Major legal traditions and systems of law. * Perspectives on comparative law. * A life in the legal profession. * An overview of legal institutions and processes. * Legal culture and beliefs about law and legal behavior. * Legal ethics. * Legal socialization. * How law has been reformed. * Emerging attributes of law in the 21st century.

Author Biography

David O. Friedrichs is Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice at the University of Scranton (Pennsylvania). He is the author of Trusted Criminals: White Collar Crime in Contemporary Society (1996), and Editor of State Crime, Volumes I and II (1998). He has published some 80 journal articles, book chapters, and essays on such topics as the legitimization of legal order, legal studies, critical criminology, violence, narrative jurisprudence, postmodernism, white-collar crime, and state crime. He served as Editor of the Legal Studies Forum between 1985 and 1989.

Table of Contents

Law. Its Meaning and Logic
Law, Justice, and the Moral Order
Jurisprudence and the Study of Law
The Law and Society Movement
Comparative and Historical Perspectives on Law and Society
The Legal Profession
Legal Institutions and Processes. An Overview
Legal Culture and Legal Behavior
Law in Flux. Law and Social Change
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