1st Edition

Law and Society
An Introduction

ISBN 9781466583290
Published November 15, 2013 by Routledge
350 Pages

USD $140.00

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Book Description

In recent years, legal studies courses have increased the focus on contemporary social issues as part of the curriculum. Law and Society: An Introduction discusses the interface between these two institutions and encourages students in the development of new insights on the topic. The book begins by introducing definitions, classifications, and the concept of the "rule of law." It then explores:

  • Principal legal systems, including common law, civil law, Islamic and socialist systems, and American Indian law
  • Feminist legal theories, critical race theory, and the roles of morality and values in social control
  • The contributions of sociological research and its impact on the law
  • Court systems and procedures, the exclusionary rule, and plea bargaining
  • The nature and process of legislative, administrative, and judicial lawmaking
  • Alternative dispute resolution and international arbitration and mediation
  • The law as a mechanism for social changes, such as those brought on by the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • Issues related to the legal profession and professional responsibility

This text eliminates the need for a separate reader by also discussing controversial legal topics—including affirmative action, education, the death penalty, right to work laws, and abortion. Each chapter builds on the previous ones and includes concrete examples of the issues involved. Enhanced by chapter summaries of salient points, review questions, and practical exercises, the book is designed to encourage students in the development of new insights into the relationships between law and society.

Table of Contents

An Overview of Law and Society
Law and Society
Definitions of Law
Classifications of Legal Rules
Approaches to Law and Society
Rule of Law
Legal Systems
Common-Law Systems
Civil-Law Systems
American Indian Law
Theories of Law
European Pioneer Theorists
Interrelationship between Society and Law
Modern Legal Theorists
Critical Legal Studies
Feminist Legal Theories
Critical Race Theory
Social Research Methods
Fundamentals of Research
Methods of Inquiry
Policy and Evaluation Research
Differentiating Between Social and Criminal Justice
Legal Structures
Federal Court System
Classifications of Law
Scope of the Law
Flow of Litigation in Civil Proceedings
Flow of Criminal Proceedings
State Legislatures
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Administrative Agencies and Rulemaking
Law Enforcers
Social Control
Behavior and Social Controls
Informal Social Controls
Formal Controls
Controlling Dissent
Language Morphology Issues
Lawmaking as a Form of Social Control
Nature of Lawmaking
Legislative Lawmaking
Administrative Lawmaking
Judicial Lawmaking
Interest Groups
Dispute Resolution
Dispute Resolution Methods
Litigation as a Means of Resolving Disputes
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Conflict Resolution and Delinquency
International Arbitration and Mediation
Social Change and Law
Nature of Social Change and Law
Courts as Mechanism for Social Change
Impact of Social Change on Law
The Legal Profession
The Legal Profession in the United States
The Legal Profession Today
Lawyer Advertising
Professional Responsibility
Future of the Law
Private Life and the Law
Right to Privacy
Privacy Act of 1974
Crime and Justice Issues
Exclusionary Rule
Plea Bargaining
Hate Crimes
Capital Punishment
Labor Issues and the Law
Governmental Labor Policies
National Labor Relations Act
Present State of Labor Unions
Employers and Employee Rights
Right-to-Work Laws and Unions
Concerted Action
Fair Labor Standards Act
Workers’ Compensation

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Harrison Watts, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. Harrison’s research interests are in legal issues surrounding criminal law. He is the author of numerous book chapters, journal articles, and instructors’ resource manuals to accompany textbooks.

Cliff Roberson LLM, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor of criminal justice at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. Previously he served for four years as the editor in chief of the Professional Issues in Criminal Justice Journal. In 2009, a research study conducted by a group of professors from Sam Houston State University determined that Cliff Roberson was the leading criminal justice author in the United States based on his publications and their relevance to the profession [See Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2009]. He has authored or co-authored over 50 books and texts on legal subjects.

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