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Social Problems, Law, and Society : Society for the Study of Social Problems Presidential Series - A. Kathryn Stout

Social Problems, Law, and Society

Society for the Study of Social Problems Presidential Series

Paperback Published: 28th July 2004
ISBN: 9780742542075
Number Of Pages: 429

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This collection of articles presents a critical, issue-oriented approach to law and society, emphasizing its important relationship to contemporary social problems. By exploring the interstitial area between the sociology of law, social problems and social movements, the initial chapters trace out a theoretical trajectory which points to the need to move beyond traditional and social constructionist approaches. A variety of empirical studies together explore the contradictory dynamics of class as they relate to race and gender in both a national and global context, illustrating the dialectical interplay between the state and social movements. Employing a wide range of perspectives so as to convey the great diversity found in the contemporary sociology of law and justice studies, these authors collectively share a broad consensus concerning the need to explore how social movements and the larger political economy play a pivotal role in shaping state reactions to the challenges presented by contemporary social problems. With its integrated presentation of theoretical perspectives and empirical studies, this unique anthology will be useful in a variety of sociology, criminology, and justice studies course offerings such Law and Society, Social Problems, Crime and Social Justice, Social Movements, Law and Social Control, Social Change, Law and Public Policy, Introduction to Legal Studies, and others. Undergraduate and graduate students alike will appreciate that these articles, selected for their academic rigor, are highly readable and strongly oriented towards high profile social issues, including those of class, race, and gender inequalities as well as social movement and legal struggles in community, national and global settings.

Establishing the contextp. 1
Critical perspectives on law and society : a Social problems approachp. 3
Law and social change : bringing social movements into the dialecticp. 19
Critical views on social problems, conflict, and law : beyond constructionismp. 41
Ontological gerrymandering : the anatomy of social problems explanationsp. 45
Commentary on "ontological gerrymandering" : towards a sociological deconstruction of social problemsp. 62
Deviant behavior and the remaking of the worldp. 69
A sociological analysis of the law of vagrancyp. 87
Law as a weapon in social conflictp. 101
Empiricism and the critique of Marxism on law and crimep. 109
Law and conflicts of class, race, and genderp. 125
Legal limits on labor militancy : U.S. labor law and the right to strike since the New Dealp. 129
The racial basis of capitalism and the state, and the impact of the New Deal on African Americansp. 157
Promoting civil rights through the welfare state : how Medicare integrated southern hospitalsp. 177
Managing differences and making legislation : social movements and the racialization, sexualization, and gendering of federal hate crime law in the U.S., 1985-1998p. 203
Social movements, dilemmas, and state resolutionsp. 233
Negotiated meanings and state transformation : the trust issue in the progressive erap. 237
The new politics of immigration : "balanced-budget conservatism" and the symbolism of Proposition 187p. 263
Acting locally : environmental injustice and the emergence of grassroots environmental organizationsp. 289
Problems of globalization and human rightsp. 305
Citizenship and inequality : historical and global perspectivesp. 309
Transnational mobilization and civil rights in Northern Irelandp. 333
Exploring the organizational dilemmas of coercive state conduct : Israel's repression of the Palestinian uprisingp. 365
The space between laws revisited : corporate crime in a transnational contextp. 387
Epilogue : a model for further investigationp. 403
The state, the legal order, and social problemsp. 405
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ISBN: 9780742542075
ISBN-10: 0742542076
Series: Society for the Study of Social Problems Presidential Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 429
Published: 28th July 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.75