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Law and Society
A Sociological Approach

First Edition


264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

 
Preface
Opening Thoughts  
 
Chapter 1. Law and Society: An Overview
Introduction  
From Savagery to Civilization: A Brief Overview  
What is Law?  
What is Sociology?  
The Norm Continuum  
Cooperation and Conflict  
Law and Everyday Life  
Critical Analyses of Law  
Social Justice and Constitutionalism  
Conclusion  
Notes  
 
Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Law and Society
Introduction  
Substantive and Procedural Law  
Private and Public Law  
Common Law  
Trifles  
Jurisprudence  
Sociolegal Thinkers  
Notes  
 
Chapter 3. Sociologists of Law: Classical and Contemporary Introduction
Introduction  
Contemporary Sociologists of Law  
Notes  
 
Chapter 4. Criminal Law
Introduction  
Burden of Proof  
Presumption of Innocence  
Mens Rea and Actus Reus  
Legal Defenses: Exemptions, Justifications, and Excuses  
The System of Federalism  
Eighteenth Amendment: The Criminalization of Drinking  
The Case of Hate Crimes  
Factors in Crime Reporting  
Notes  
 
Chapter 5. Civil Law
Introduction  
Obligations  
More on Due Process  
The Seventh Amendment  
Notes  
 
Chapter 6. Administrative Law
Introduction  
The Rivalry between Administration and Law  
Nondelegation  
 
Independent Regulatory Agencies
The EPA and the Clean Air Act  
The Process of Environmental Regulation  
Who Are the Administrators?  
The Regulatory Trilemma  
Notes  
 
Chapter 7. Law and Social Control
Introduction  
Class Domination  
Subtypes within Legal Control  
Social Control: Three Basic Forms  
The Sanction Continuum  
More on Legal Control  
Collegial Formations and Authoritarian Drift  
Conclusion  
Notes  
 
Chapter 8. Hunting and Forest Laws
Introduction  
Forests: A Brief History  
Law and Public Policy  
Forest Fires and Forest Policy  
Radical Environmentalism  
Notes  
 
Chapter 9. Are Judges Biased?
Introduction  
Research Evidence on the Question of Judicial Independence  
Justice Stevens and Six Constitutional Amendments  
Notes  
 
Chapter 10. Law School and the Legal Profession
Introduction  
Historical Antecedents to the Law School  
The Idea of a Profession  
Applying to Law School  
The Goals of Law Schools  
Passing the Bar  
The Changing Composition of Law School  
Professional Ethics  
First-Year Law Training: The Socratic Method  
Conclusion  
Notes  
 
List of Legal Cases
 
References

The benefits of [this book] are the excellent and contemporary coverage of different types of law (especially problem-solving courts), critical themes including a separate chapter on law and equality, and the focus on the important interrelations between legal and political (state) institutions. The case studies in the chapters are interesting, contemporary, and highly relevant. Further, the future of law and trends is put in historical context and projected to the future. This is highly beneficial for students to be able to get exposed and see demonstrated theoretical and analytical tools, their application, and most importantly, their utility.

Sanjay Marwah
CSU-East Bay

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