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Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research

Onati International Series in Law and Society

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Published: 19th December 2005
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Socio-legal researchers increasingly recognise the need to employ a wide variety of methods in studying law and legal phenomena, and that this needs to be informed by an understanding of debates about theory and method in mainstream social science. This collection publishes papers from a workshop held at the OƱati Institute for Sociology of Law in which researchers from several countries explored these issues. They illustrate how a range of topics, including EU law, ombudsmen, judges, lawyers, Shariah Councils and the quality assurance industry can be researched from a socio-legal perspective. The objective of the collection is not, however, simply to present an interesting set of papers, but to use them to explore how different methods can be used in researching law and legal phenomena, and how methodological issues and debates in sociology are relevant to the study of law. A central theme is the debate between structural" and "action" traditions in researching law. The collection also approaches the methodological problem of how sociology of law can address the content of legal practice as a lawyer understands this from a variety of perspectives. There is also discussion of the relationship between pure and applied research. The editors have provided a critical introduction to each of the six sections and a general introduction on law sociology and method. The collection will provide an useful resource for socio-legal researchers wishing to improve the quality of their empirical work and for law school researchers and postgraduates interested in the relationship between law and sociology.

I found all 16 papers to be of high caliber, clearly written and organized, and this makes for engaging reading. Theory and Methods in Socio-Legal Research will doubtless prove fruitful for use in all courses in sociolegal studies, but particularly in those courses taught in British and American law schools that tend to ignore conceptual and methodological considerations. A. Javier Trevino Law & Society Review Volume 41, Number 2 (2007)

Introduction
Law, Sociology and Method
MEthod Versus Methodology Introduction to Section One
Ethnography and Socio-Legal Research
Systems Theory and Qualitative Socio-legal Research
Ethnography and Law Introduction to Section Two
Courses of Mobilisation: Writing systematic micro-histories of legal discourse
"Standpoint", "Difference" and Feminist Research
Researching Women's Legal Experiences in Botswana: An anthropological perspective
Studying Legal Texts Introduction to Section Three
Studying Cases Empirically: A sociological method for studying discrimination cases in Sweden
Researching Ombudsmen
Discourse Analysis and the Implementation of a European Directive
Structural Approaches Introduction to Section Four
How to Study the Social and Legal Position of
Changing Maps: Empirical legal autopoesis
Studying Legal Cultures Introduction to Section Five
Doing Research into Comparative Criminal Justice
Researching Legal Culture in Russia
Socio-Legal Research in the UK Introduction to Section Six
Constructing a Typology of Administrative Grievances
The Formalisation of Research Ethics
Evaluation Research and Legal Services
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ISBN: 9781841136264
ISBN-10: 1841136263
Series: Onati International Series in Law and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 19th December 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1