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Law and Society

Law and Society

Fourth Edition

February 2024 | 800 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Law and Society, Fourth Edition, offers a contemporary overview of the structure and function of legal institutions, along with a lively discussion of both criminal and civil law and their impact on society. Unlike other books on law and society, Matthew Lippman takes an interdisciplinary approach that highlights the relevance of the law throughout our society. Distinctive coverage of diversity, inequality, civil liberties, and globalism is intertwined through an organized theme in a strong narrative. The highly anticipated Fourth Edition of this practical and invigorating text introduces students to both the influence of law on society and the influence of society on the law. Discussions of the pressing issues facing today's society include key topics such as the law and inequality, international human rights, privacy and surveillance, and law and social control.

About the Author
Chapter 1 An Introduction to Law and Society
Chapter 2 Theories of Law and Justice
Chapter 3 The Structure and Function of Courts, Legislatures, and Administrative Agencies
Chapter 4 The Legal Profession
Chapter 5 Access to Justice and Legal Ethics
Chapter 6 Dispute Resolution
Chapter 7 Criminal Courts
Chapter 8 Juries
Chapter 9 Law and Social Control
Chapter 10 The Impact of Law on Society
Chapter 11 Law and Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Chapter 12 Privacy and Surveillance
Key features
  • Updates reflect new developments in court cases, policy, and research in law and society in numerous areas, including immigration, police use of deadly force, abortion, and human rights.
  • A thorough examination of issues related to privacy, cybercrime, surveillance, identity theft, and new challenges presented by technology are included.
  • New and contemporary topics are covered, including intimate partner violence, social media, and technology, and expanded coverage is devoted to issues such as reproductive rights, immigration, and policing.


  • An interdisciplinary approach integrates various intellectual perspectives and traditions to provide comprehensive and accessible coverage of the legal profession, juries, criminal courts, and racial and ethnic inequality.
  • The topic of gender is covered throughout with attention devoted to women in the legal profession, abortion, domestic violence, human trafficking, the global exploitation and sexual abuse of women, and the role of women in the justice system.
  • A distinction between legal myth and reality is analyzed using contemporary media examples.
  • International Perspective sections offer relevant cross-cultural and international studies to provide a unique global viewpoint.
  • Test Your Knowledge questions open chapters to show students what they may and may not know prior to reading the chapters.
  • You Decide cases are presented to sharpen critical thinking skills by applying the chapter contents to contemporary issues.

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