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Law, Culture and Society

Legal Ideas in the Mirror of Social Theory, 1st Edition

By Roger Cotterrell

Routledge

208 pages

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This book presents a distinctive approach to the study of law in society, focusing on the sociological interpretation of legal ideas. It surveys the development of connections between legal studies and social theory and locates its approach in relation to sociolegal studies on the one hand and legal philosophy on the other. It is suggested that the concept of law must be re-considered. Law has to be seen today not just as the law of the nation state, or international law that links nation states, but also as transnational law in many forms. A legal pluralist approach is not just a matter of redefining law in legal theory; it also recognizes that law's authority comes from a plurality of diverse, sometimes conflicting, social sources. The book suggests that the social environment in which law operates must also be rethought, with many implications for comparative legal studies. The nature and boundaries of culture become important problems, while the concept of multiculturalism points to the cultural diversity of populations and to problems of fragmentation, or perhaps to new kinds of unity of the social. Theories of globalization raise a host of issues about the integrity of societies and about the need to understand social networks and forces that extend beyond the political societies of nation states. Through a range of specific studies, closely interrelated and building on each other, the book seeks to integrate the sociology of law with other kinds of legal analysis and engages directly with current juristic debates in legal theory and comparative law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Recovering Sociological Jurisprudence

PART 1: THE JURISTIC POINT OF VIEW

2. The Nature of Legal Expertise

3. The Jurist’s Role

4. Why Jurisprudence is Not Legal Philosophy

5. Sociology in Juristic Practice 

PART 2: TRANSNATIONAL CHALLENGES TO JURISTIC THOUGHT

6. Why Lawyers Need a Theory of Legal Pluralism

7. A Concept of Law for Global Legal Pluralism

8. The Nature of Transnational Law

9. Transnational Legal Authority

10. A Transnational Concept of Crime 

PART 3: LEGAL VALUES IN SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

11. Culture as a Juristic Issue

12. Can Sociology Clarify Legal Values?

13. Human Rights and Dignity: A Durkheimian Perspective

14. Legal Instrumentalism and Popular Values

15. Conclusion: Horizons of Sociological Jurisprudence

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW075000
LAW / Public