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Thinking About Law
Perspectives on the history, philosophy and sociology of law

ISBN 9781003118251
Published July 23, 2020 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

There is more to law than rules, robes and precedents. Rather, law is an integral part of social practices and policies, as diverse and complex as society itself.

Thinking About Law offers a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which law has been presented and represented. It explores historical, sociological, economic and philosophical perspectives on the major legal and political debates in Australia today.

The contributors examine the position of Aborigines in the Australian legal system and the impact of the Mabo case; divisions of power in Australian society and law; the question of objectivity in law; the relationship between legislation and social change; judicial decision-making and other issues.

Accessibly written, Thinking About Law is essential reading for students and anyone interested in understanding our legal system.

Table of Contents


Tables and figures


Introduction - Rosemary Hunter, Richard Ingleby and Richard Johnstone


1 Law and history in black and white - Penelope Mathew, Rosemary Hunter and Hilary Charlesworth


2 Themes in liberal legal and constitutional theory - David Wood, Rosemary Hunter and Richard Ingleby

3 Economic and sociological approaches to law - Richard Johnstone

4 Objecting to objectivity: the radical challenge to legal liberalism - Gerry J. Simpson and Hilary Charlesworth


5 Explaining law reform - Rosemary Hunter and Richard Johnstone

6 Invocation and enforcement of legal rules - Richard Ingleby and Richard Johnstone

7 Judicial decision making - Richard Ingleby and Richard Johnstone




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All three editors teach in the Law School at the University of Melbourne. ROSEMARY HUNTER is the author of Indirect Discrimination in the Workplace (1992); RICHARD INGLEBY is a Senior Associate with Gadens Ridgeway and the author of Family Law and Society (1993); and RICHARD JOHNSTONE is co-author with M. Le Brun of The Quiet (R)evolution (1994).