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This book presents a unified set of arguments about the nature of jurisprudence and its relation to the jurist’s role. It explores contemporary challenges that create a need for social scientific perspectives in jurisprudence, and it shows how sociological resources can and should be used in considering juristic issues. Its overall aim is to redefine the concept of sociological jurisprudence and outline a new agenda for this.
Supporting this agenda, the book elaborates a distinctive juristic perspective that recognises law’s diversity of cultural meanings, its extending transnational reach, its responsibilities to reflect popular aspirations for justice and security, and its integrative tasks as a general resource of regulation for society as a whole and for the individuals who interact under law’s protection.
Drawing on and extending the author’s previous work, the book will be essential reading for students, researchers and academics working in jurisprudence, law and society, socio-legal studies, sociology of law, and comparative legal studies.
1. Introduction: Recovering Sociological Jurisprudence
PART 1: THE JURISTIC POINT OF VIEW
2. The Nature of Legal Expertise
3. The Jurist’s Role
4. Why Jurisprudence is Not Legal Philosophy
5. Sociology in Juristic Practice
PART 2: TRANSNATIONAL CHALLENGES TO JURISTIC THOUGHT
6. Why Lawyers Need a Theory of Legal Pluralism
7. A Concept of Law for Global Legal Pluralism
8. The Nature of Transnational Law
9. Transnational Legal Authority
10. A Transnational Concept of Crime
PART 3: LEGAL VALUES IN SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
11. Culture as a Juristic Issue
12. Can Sociology Clarify Legal Values?
13. Human Rights and Dignity: A Durkheimian Perspective
14. Legal Instrumentalism and Popular Values
15. Conclusion: Horizons of Sociological Jurisprudence