This is a timely new edition of Sharyn L. Roach Anleu's invaluable introduction to the sociology of law and its role as a social institution and social process.
Discussing current theory and key empirical research from a diverse range of perspectives Law and Social Change gives relevant examples, from various cultures and societies, to provide a sociological view which goes beyond more jurisprudential approaches to law and society.
- Provides coverage of major classic and contemporary social theories of law
- Offers empirical research drawn from several countries/societies
- Includes up to date and relevant examples
This thoroughly updated edition engages with modern scholarship, and recent research, on globalization while also looking at related issues such as the internationalization of law and human rights.
It explores recent reforms at local and national levels, including issues of migration and refugees, the regulation of 'anti-social' behavior, and specialist or problem solving courts and also provides a clear, accessible introduction to research methods used in the socio-legal field.
Direct and wide-ranging this text will be essential reading for students and researchers on social science and law courses and in particular, those taking sociology, legal theory, criminology, and criminal justice studies.
New to the Second Edition:
All chapters revised and references updated
Increased coverage of globalisation and social change
New material on the internationalization of law human rights