Taking a broad view of social theory, this book demonstrates the importance of this theory for the study of contemporary law. Through studies of the work of Weber, Durkheim, Gurvitch, Habermas, Luhmann, Derrida, Bourdieu, Foucault, Schmitt, Neumann and others, the essays address such fundamental topics as the changing forms of regulation, law's relations with morals and beliefs, law and democracy and prospects for the rule of law in the context of globalisation.
Contents: Introduction. Orientations: The sociology of law as an empirical theory of validity, Wolfgang Schluchter. Legal Form and Legal Rationality: Max Weber's Legacy: Formal and substantive rationality in American law: a Weberian perspective, Ronan Shamir; Process rationality as legal governance: a comparative perspective, Wolf Heydebrand); Some false premises of Max Weber's sociology of law, Harold J. Berman. Law, Experience and Belief: Durkheim, Durkheimians and Beyond: A formal restatement of Durkheim's 'division of labor' theory, Jack P. Gibbs; Durkheim on collective memory, Barbara A. Misztal ; Condtructing the juristic Durkheim? Paul Huvelin's adaptation of Durkheimian sociology, Roger Cotterrell ; Emmanuel Lévy and legal studies: a view from abroad, Roger Cotterrell; Georges Davy and the origin of contract, Geoffrey MacCormack; Integrating reciprocal perspectives: on Gurvitch's theory of immediate jural experience, Reza Banakar. Law as Discourse, System, Field: Habermas, Luhmann, Bourdieu: Can rights, democracy and justice be reconciled through discourse theory? Reflections on Habermas's proceduralist paradigm of law, Michel Rosenfield; Habermas on nationalism and cosmopolitanism, Pablo de Grieff; De Collisione Discursuum: communicative rationalities in law, morality and politics, Gunther Teubner ; The ambitious modesty of Niklas Luhmann, Michael King and Anton SchÃ¼tz (1994); Economics of gift - positivity of justice: the mutual paranoia of Jacques Derrida and Niklas Luhmann, Gunther Teubner; On Pierre Bourdieu's legal thought, Mauricio GarcÃa Vilegas. Foucault, Discipline and Regulation: Between governance and discipline: the law and Michel Foucault, Victor Tadros; From discipline to flexibilization? Rereading Foucault in the shadow of globalization, Nancy Fraser ; The death of the social? re-figuring the territory of government, Nikolas Rose. Sovereignty, Globalisation and the Rule of Law: Stealing the natural language: the fiction of the social con