1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Law and Society

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.