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Law and Society

Canadian Edition, 5th Edition

By Steven Vago, Adie Nelson, Veronica Nelson, Steven E. Barkan


411 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Law and Society provides a balanced and comprehensive analysis of the interplay between law and society using both Canadian and international examples. This clear and readable text is fi lled with interesting information, ideas and insights. All materials and supporting statistics have been carefully updated. This edition includes an expanded discussion of the law and First Nations people, recent developments impacting LGBTIQ2S persons, and persons with disabilities and a new section on civil procedures. Each chapter is structured similarly, with an outline, learning objectives, key terms, chapter summaries, critical thinking questions, and an array of additional resources.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Theoretical Perspectives

3. The Organization of Law

4. Lawmaking

5. Law and Social Control

6. Law and Dispute Resolution

7. Law and Social Change

8. The Legal Profession

9. Researching Law in Society

About the Authors

Steven Vago earned two Ph.D.s: one in Sociology and one in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. During graduate school he was an integral part of the creation of an alcohol treatment program at Malcolm Bliss Hospital in St. Louis. He became part of the Department of Sociology at St. Louis University after fi nishing his graduate studies and was a full professor there by the age of 37. Thereafter, he chaired the Department of Sociology several times, teaching at St. Louis University for over 30 years. During the 1970s, he was asked by the United Nations to work for its member agency UNESCO and worked in Paris for several years in their Office of Population and Demography. At the end of his teaching career in 2001, he retired to Bellingham, Washington with his wife. He passed away in 2010, at the age of 73.

Adie Nelson received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. Her areas of specialization are victimology, criminology, and the sociology of deviance.

Veronica Nelson received her J.D. from the University of Ottawa and is currently pursuing a LL.M. at Queen’s University. Her areas of special interest are tort law, environmental law, and constitutional law.

Steven E. Barkan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine, where he has taught since 1979. His teaching and research interests include criminology, sociology of law, and social movements.

Subject Categories

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