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Sociological Jurisprudence

Juristic Thought and Social Inquiry

By Roger Cotterrell

© 2018 – Routledge

256 pages

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Description

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.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

 

Preface

 

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

About the Author

Roger Cotterrell is Anniversary Professor of Legal Theory at Queen Mary University of London. Educated as a lawyer and a sociologist, he has written widely on sociology of law, jurisprudence and comparative law, and is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the (UK) Academy of Social Sciences.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW052000
LAW / Jurisprudence
PHI019000
PHILOSOPHY / Political
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General