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11th Edition

Law and Society

ISBN 9781138720923
Published September 25, 2017 by Routledge
340 Pages

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Book Description

In the 11th edition of Law and Society, Steven E. Barkan preserves Dr. Vago’s voice while making this classic text more accessible for today’s students. Each chapter now includes an outline, learning objectives, key terms, and chapter summaries. A new epilogue chapter examines law and inequality in the United States as it moves into the third decade of this century. The 11th edition reflects new developments in law and society literature as well as recent real-life events with legal relevance for the United States and other nations. Law and Society is for one-semester undergraduate courses in Law and Society, Sociology of Law, Introduction to Law, and a variety of criminal justice courses offered in departments of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Political Science.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction

CHAPTER 2 Theoretical Perspectives

CHAPTER 3 The Organization of Law

CHAPTER 4 Lawmaking

CHAPTER 5 Law and Social Control

CHAPTER 6 Law and Dispute Resolution

CHAPTER 7 Law and Social Change

CHAPTER 8 The Legal Profession

CHAPTER 9 Researching Law in Society


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Steven Vago earned two Ph.D.s: one in Sociology and one in Anthropology at 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. Steven became part of the Department of Sociology at St. Louis University after finishing 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, Steven 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, Steven retired to Bellingham, Washington, with his wife. Vago passed away in 2010, at the age of 73.

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. He is a past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and has served as chair of its Law and Society Division and as a Council member of the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association. His articles have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Crime and Justice, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and other journals. He is the author of Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 7/e (Pearson 2018) and several forthcoming texts, including Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice in America with Oxford University Press.

may email him at [email protected] or send regular mail to: Department of Sociology, 5728 Fernald Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469–5728.