This book explains the general effects of law on interpersonal relations, the concept of the civil contract, and the relationship between law and social norms. It shows that law is not only a reflection of social values but also fundamental to the formation of those values.
Part One: The Civil Contract Perspective 1. A Sociological Conception of Law 2. Law and Social Relationships 3. The Civil Domain and Nonpersons 4. The Civil Domain in Society 5. Social and Legal Expectations 6. The Constitutive Effects of Law Part Two: Law in Society 7. The Civil Contract and Family Life in the United States 8. The Civil Contract and Working Life in the United States 9. Final Words