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Law and Social Change 2ed

by Sharyn L Roach Anleu SAGE Publications Ltd
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This is a timely new edition of Sharyn L Roach Anleu's invaluable introduction to the sociology of law and its role as a social institution and social process. Discussing current theory and key empirical research from a diverse range of perspectives Law and Social Change gives relevant examples, from various cultures and societies, to provide a sociological view which goes beyond more jurisprudential approaches to law and society. The book: a¢ provides coverage of major classic and contemporary social theories of law a¢ is informed by empirical research drawn from several countries/societies a¢ includes up to date and relevant examples This thoroughly updated edition engages with modern scholarship, and recent research, on globalization whilst also looking at related issues such as the internationalization of law and human rights. It explores recent reforms at local and national levels, including issues of migration and refugees, the regulation of 'anti-social' behaviour, and specialist or problem solving courts and also provides a clear, accessible introduction to research methods used in the socio-legal field. Direct and wide-ranging this text will be essential reading for students and researchers on social science and law courses and in particular, those taking sociology, legal theory, criminology and criminal justice studies.

Introduction: the meaning of law Law in Classical Social Theory Contemporary Social Theory and Law The Legal Profession Dispute Resolution Social Control Feminism and Legal Reform Rights and Citizenship Conclusion

This second edition of an influential and insightful book maintains its originality... it is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of recent debates, including globalization, surveillance, the war on terror and the ways in which the law increasingly pervades into every aspect of civil and social life in advanced societies. This edition should easily comprise a core text for a range of academics and students either as an introduction to the pervasiveness of the law for those with a social science background, as an introduction to the social elements of the legal arena for those with a legal background or as a useful eclectic text for those looking for key insights into wide ranging criminological, sociological and legal debates. The charm of the text is its accessibility which is not detrimental to its academic importance, making a scholarly contribution to the socio legal field Diane ListerFaculty of Social Sciences, University of TromsA¸, Norway Undoubtedly succeeds as a texta¦ Its value rests on its ability to integrate an accessible style with numerous examples from varied jurisdictions which students from both the legal and sociological disciplines will benefit enormously. Accordingly, this book comes highly recommended International Journal of the Sociology of LawPraise for the First Edition
ProfessorASharyn Roach AnleuAis a Professor of Sociology at Flinders University, Adelaide, and a past President of the Australian Sociological Association. She was one of three editors of theAJournal of SociologyA(2001 - 2004) and is the author ofALaw and social Change(Sage, London) and four editions ofADeviance, Conformity and ControlA(Pearson, Sydney) and numerous articles on deviance, legal regulation and theAcriminal justiceAsystem. Sharyn is currently undertaking research with Professor Kathy Mack on judicial officers and their courts in Australia.