This text introduces students to the study of law from a sociological perspective by focusing on four themes: the relationship between law and society; law in everyday life; the role of race, class and gender in the legal system; and current political debates that are connected to law. While explaining the essentials elements of law, and drawing on scholarly literature and relevant cases, the author does not advocate for normative views on law and the legal system. The text compares laws across various societies, discusses international law, and demonstrates how the laws of certain countries affect those of others--providing readers with insights into the nature of law within any society.
List of Reviewers
About the Author
Chapter 1. Law and Society: An Overview
Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Law and Society
Chapter 3. Sociologists of Law: Classical and Contemporary
Chapter 4. Criminal Law
Chapter 5. Civil Law
Chapter 6. Administrative Law
Chapter 7. Law and Social Control
Chapter 8. Hunting and Forest Laws
Chapter 9. Are Judges Biased?
Chapter 10. Law School and the Legal Profession
List of Legal Cases