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The Law and Society Reader - Richard L. Abel

The Law and Society Reader

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1995
ISBN: 9780814706176
Number Of Pages: 450

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This book seeks to provide answers to everything you ever wanted to know about the law--except what the rules are or ought to be.

For centuries, the law has been considered a neutral, objective arena that sets societal standards and in which conflicting forces resolve disputes. More recently, however, the interaction between law and society has been recognized as a two-way street: society clearly exacts a considerable influence on the practice and evolution of law. Further, the discrepancy between what the law mandates and what the social reality is has served as evidence of the chasm between theory and practice, between the abstraction of law and its actual societal effects.

Examining such issues as the limits of legal change and the capacity of law to act as a revolutionary agent, the essays in this book offer a well-rounded introduction to the relationship between law and society. By focusing on flashpoint issues in legal studies--equality, consciousness and ideology, social control--and making ample use of engaging case studies, "The Law and Society Review" provides an invaluable resource for scholars and students alike.

About the Authors
What We Talk About When We Talk About Lawp. 1
The Oven Bird's Song: Insiders, Outsiders, and Personal Injuries in an American Communityp. 13
Going to Court: Strategies of Dispute Management in an American Urban Neighborhoodp. 36
The Management of Disputes: Automobile Accident Compensation in Japanp. 58
Community Justice, Capitalist Society, and Human Agency: The Dialectics of Collective Law in the Cooperativep. 84
The Selectivity of Legal Sanctions: An Empirical Investigation of Shopliftingp. 107
The Paradoxical Impact of Criminal Sanctions: Some Microstructural Findingsp. 122
Plea Bargaining and Its Historyp. 138
Holistic Effects in Social Control Decision-Makingp. 161
Mandatory Sentencing and the Abolition of Plea Bargaining: The Michigan Felony Firearm Statutep. 185
The New Dutch and German Drug Laws: Social and Political Conditions for Criminalization and Decriminalizationp. 213
Worker Safety, Law, and Social Change: The Italian Casep. 228
Organizational Compliance with Court-Ordered Reformp. 255
Penetrability of Administrative Systems: Political "Casework" and Immigration Inspectionsp. 273
Why the "Haves" Come Out Ahead: Speculations on the Limits of Legal Changep. 297
Race and Prosecutorial Discretion in Homicide Casesp. 324
Structure and Practice of Familial-Based Justice in a Criminal Courtp. 342
The Uses of History: Language, Ideology, and Law in the United States and South Africap. 361
Lay Expectations of the Civil Justice Systemp. 382
Law and Social Relations: Vocabularies of Motive in Lawyer/Client Interactionp. 403
Referencesp. 431
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ISBN: 9780814706176
ISBN-10: 0814706177
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 450
Published: 1st May 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.82

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