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The Routledge Handbook of Law and Society

ISBN 9780367234249
Published March 4, 2021 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

This innovative handbook provides a comprehensive, and truly global, overview of the main approaches and themes within law and society scholarship or social-legal studies.

A one-volume introduction to academic resources and ideas that are relevant for today’s debates on issues from reproductive justice to climate justice, food security, water conflicts, artificial intelligence, and global financial transactions, this handbook is divided into two sections. The first, ‘Perspectives and Approaches’, accessibly explains a variety of frameworks through which the relationship between law and society is addressed and understood, with emphasis on contemporary perspectives that are relatively new to many socio-legal scholars. Following the book’s overall interest in social justice, the entries in this section of the book show how conceptual tools originate in, and help to illuminate, real-world issues. The second and largest section of the book (42 short well-written pieces) presents reflections on topics or areas concerning law, justice, and society that are inherently interdisciplinary and that are relevance to current – but also classical – struggles around justice. Informing readers about the lineage of ideas that are used or could be used today for research and activism, the book attends to the full range of local, national and transnational issues in law and society. The authors were carefully chosen to achieve a diverse and non-Eurocentric view of socio-legal studies.

This volume will be invaluable for law students, those in inter-disciplinary programs such as law and society, justice studies and legal studies, and those with interests in law, but based in other social sciences. It will also appeal to general readers interested in questions of justice and rights, including activists and advocates around the world.

Table of Contents

Contested laws, contested societies: introductory remarks 

Mariana Valverde, Kamari Maxine Clarke, Eve Darian-Smith, and Prabha Kotiswaran 


1. Actor-Network Theory and socio legal analysis 

Leticia Barrera and Sergio Latorre

2. Critical legal studies: A curious case of hegemony without dominance 

Vasuki Nesiah

3. Critical race theory: Emergence and New Lines of Inquiry

Kamari Maxine Clarke and Ifrah Abdillahi

4. Feminism

Donatella Alessandrini

5. Governmentality and sociolegal studies

Pat O’Malley

6. Indigenous law:  What non-Indigenous people can learn from Indigenous legal thought

Kirsten Anker

7. Liberalism

Mariana Valverde

8. Postcolonial legal studies

Renisa Mawani

9. Queer theory and socio-legal studies

Sarah Lamble

10. Transnational governance and law: Global security and socio-legal studies

Gavin Sullivan


11. Agriculture, Law, and the State

Matthew Canfield, Amy J. Cohen and Michael Fakhri

12. Animals

Irus Braverman

13. Artificial Intelligence and Public Law

Jacob Livingston Slosser

14. Capitalism and capital

Bryant G. Garth

15. Censorship: state control of expression 

Sida Liu and Di Wang

16. Cities and urbanization

Antonio Azuela

17. Citizenship

Engin Isin

18. Class and economic inequality

Mariana Valverde

19. Climate Justice

Usha Natarajan

20. Corporations

Bhavani Raman

21. Data

Jennifer Raso and Nofar Sheffi

22. Domestic work: transnational regulation

Adelle Blackett

23. Extractivism: Socio-legal Approaches to Relations with Lands and Resources

Dayna Nadine Scott

24. Finance, banking and debt

Mariana Valverde

25. Food sovereignty and food justice

Carmen G. Gonzalez

26. Gender and Law

Pallavi Banerjee and Pedrom Nasiri

27. Genocide

Nicola Palmer

28. Human Rights: Challenging Universality

Ben Golder

29. Immigration, Law and Resistance

Susan Bibler Coutin

30. Imperialism and law

Jothie Rajah

31. Incarceration: how to understand imprisonment rates

Maximo Sozzo

32. Indicators:  Sociolegal Dimensions of Quantification

Sally Engle Merry

33. Indigeneity: making and contesting the concept

Miranda Johnson

34. Infrastructure: socio-legal aspects of a key word of our time

Mariana Valverde

35. Islamic law and the state

Anver Emon

36. Jurisdiction

Shiri Pasternak

37. Labour and employment

Diamond Ashiagbor

38. Legal consciousness

Lynnette J. Chua and David M. Engel

39. Migration

Brenda S.A. Yeoh

40. Ownership: Persons, property, and community

Margaret Davies

41. Ownership of intangibles:  Intellectual Property and the Contested Commons

S. Ali Malik and Rosemary J. Coombe

42. From reproductive rights to reproductive justice

Rachel Rebouché

43. Settler colonialism

Sarah Hunt

44. Sexuality

Brenda Cossman

45. Sovereignty

Shaun McVeigh

46. Space and belonging

Sarah Keenan

47. Supply chains and logistics

Galit A. Safarty

48. Territory and law

Nicholas Blomley

49. The Transnational Law of Human Trafficking

Prabha Kotiswaran

50. Water disputes across borders

Tamar Meshel

51. Water justice and indigenous peoples

Pooja Parmar

52. White Supremacy

Jemima Pierre and Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús

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Mariana Valverde is a Sociolegal Scholar, who has taught at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology, and Sociolegal Studies Canada for 25 years.

Kamari Maxine Clarke is a Professor at the University of Toronto in Criminology and Legal Studies, Canada, with a cross-appointment in Diaspora and Transnational Studies.

Eve Darian-Smith is a Professor and the Chair of Global & International Studies Department at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

Prabha Kotiswaran is a Professor of Law & Social Justice at King’s College London, UK.