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Law, State and Society

1st Edition

Edited by Bob Fryer, Alan J. Hunt, Doreen McBarnet, Bert Moorhouse


232 pages

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Originally published in 1981 Law, State and Society confronts many of the most important issues within the developing field of law and society. The essays cover the key political debates and the subject of the sociology of law through two key debates, the first tackling the wider theoretical and political system, while the other essays are concerned with more concrete aspects of both the political and social face of law. Together, the essays show how crucial the potential is that exists for a considerable extension and integration of work that focuses explicitly on empirical problems, yet is at the same time more conscious of the theoretical issues that underpin the effectivity of law.

Table of Contents

Nicos Poulantzas

1. Law, State and Society, Bob Fryer, Alan Hunt, Doreen McBarnet and Bert Moorhouse

2. How the Law Rules: Variations on Some Themes in Karl Marx, Philip Corrigan and Derek Sayer

3. The Development of Capitalism and the Formalisation of Contract Law, Roger Cotterrell

4. Theory and Practice in Law and History: A Prologue to the Study of the Relationship between Law and Economy from a Socio-Historical Perspective, David Sugarman

5. Sociology in Jurisprudence: The Problem of ‘Law’ as Object of Knowledge, Iain Stewart

6. State, Redundancy and the Law, Bob Fryer

7. The Law and the Use of Troops in Industrial Disputes, Christopher Whelan

8. Stereotyping: Familism in the Law, Patricia Allatt

9. ‘All Police is Conning Bastards’ – Policing and the Problem of Consent, Mike Brogden

Notes on Contributors


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General