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Comparing Legal Cultures

1st Edition

Edited by David Nelken


288 pages

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This volume cross-examines mainstream approaches to studying legal culture (e.g. those of Friedman and Blankenburg). It includes debates over the concept of legal culture and a variety of case studies of different legal cultures.


’Comparing Legal Cultures is a welcome contribution to the debate on how to analyse legal systems…there is food for thought and a range of potential answers among the more thought-provoking pieces which dominate this work.’ International and Comparative Law Quarterly ’…the collection has a little bit of something for everyone. I would highly recommend this book to anyone conducting comparative judicial or political studies.’ Law and Politics ’Comparing Legal Cultures is a work of immense research and reflection based on profound experience - a real boon for scholars of comparative law and comparative legal cultures.’ Netherlands International Law Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, David Nelken; Invoking Legal Culture: Debates and Dissents: The Concept of Legal Culture, Roger Cotterrell; The Concept of Legal Culture: a Reply, Lawrence Friedman; Civil Litigation as Indicators for Legal Cultures, Erhard Blankenburg; Puzzling Out Legal Culture: A Comment on Blankenburg, David Nelken; Comparative Criminal Law for Criminologists: Comparing For What Purpose?, Malcolm Feeley; For a Sociological Use of the Concept of Legal Culture, Carlo Pennisi; Comparing Legal Cultures and the Quest for Law’s Identity, Michael King; Gender and Nature in Comparative Legal Cultures, Hanne Peterson. Disclosing Legal Culture: The Production of Difference: An Entrepreneurial Conception of the Law? The American Model through Italian Eyes, Maria Rosaria Ferrarese; Prosecution in Two Civil Law Countries: France and Italy, Carlo Guarnieri; The Enigma of Japan as a Testing Ground for Cross Cultural Criminological Studies, Setsuo Miyazawa; Patient’s Rights, Citizen’s Movements, and Japanese Legal Culture, Eric A. Feldman; Remembering and Forgetting: the Birth of Modern Copyright Law, Brad Sherman.

About the Editor

Dr Nelken is the recipient of the ISA-RCSL Adam Podgórecki Prize 2011, for outstanding achievements in socio-legal research, in the form of distinguished and outstanding lifetime achievement.

About the Series

Socio-Legal Studies

Socio-Legal Studies
The Socio-Legal Studies series consists of scholars, principally from the UK, Europe and North America, who contribute critical, analytical texts concerning the operation of Law in Society. Grounded in theory the books will examine practical issues of contemporary importance from a perspective which firmly locates law as a social science.

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LAW / General